Raphel Lemkin: inventing and codifying genocide

Popovski, Vesselin (2018) Raphel Lemkin: inventing and codifying genocide. Jus Gentium, 3 (1). pp. 181-214. ISSN 2381-0254

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Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), a Polish/Jewish lawyer born on territory in what is now Ukraine, invented the term “genocide” and explained this concept in his book Axis Rule in Occupied Europe. He was successful in having references added to genocide in the Indictment of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and lobbied intensively for the Adoption of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 96(I) entitled “The Crime of Genocide”. This Resolution declared genocide to be a crime under international law. Lemkin, together with Vespasian Pella (1897-1960) and Henri Donnedieu de Vabres (1880-1952), drafted the 1948 United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. He continued his advocacy of this concept by insisting that member-States should ratify the Convention.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Genocide | Raphael Lemkin's life
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Gena Veineithem
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 10:20
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 10:20
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2742


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