A Comprehensive History of the Proposed International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity

by Leila Nadya Sadat

I. Introduction and Background

1. In Spring 2008, under the direction of Professor Leila Nadya Sadat, the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute of Washington University School of Law embarked upon a project to study the need for a comprehensive convention on crimes against humanity, analyze the necessary elements of such a convention and draft a proposed treaty. Since that time, this Crimes Against Humanity Initiative has proceeded in four phases, over a period of three years, as follows:
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Washington Declaration on the Need for a Comprehensive Convention on Crimes Against Humanity

March 12, 2010

Whereas over the course of human history, millions of people, particularly women and children, have been subjected to murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, persecutions and other atrocities that have shocked the conscience of humanity, continue reading

The Fourth Chautauqua Declaration

August 31, 2010

In the spirit of humanity and peace the assembled current and former international prosecutors and their representative here at the Chautauqua Institution …

Recognizing the continuing need for justice and the rule of law as the foundation to international security, and cognizant of the legacy of all those who preceded us at Nuremberg and elsewhere: … continue reading

Kigali Declaration of the Fifth Colloquium of Prosecutors of International Criminal Tribunals

November 13, 2009

WE THE PROSECUTORS respectively of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon(STL) following constructive discussions on the occasion of the 5th Colloquium of International Prosecutors convened in Kigali, Rwanda from the 11th to the 13th of November 2009;   … continue reading