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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