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DIRK MOSES, Professor of Modern History, University of Sydney
Dirk Moses, Prof. of Modern History, University of Sydney

"Inventing Genocide: The Contingent Origins of a Concept during World War II"

At the end of WWII, the Allies resolved to prosecute German leaders for conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Apart from war crimes, these were new notions, whose meaning was thrashed out in the early 1940s. This was also the time when Raphael Lemkin—a Jewish-Polish jurist who fled to the US—coined the genocide concept. Despite his efforts, it hardly featured in the Nuremberg Trials, however, because crimes against humanity covered the same offences. Yet the United Nations passed a convention on genocide in 1948, and Lemkin’s neologism soon became the “crime of crimes.” The crimes tried at Nuremberg now coexist uneasily with genocide in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Many scholars and practitioners take this legal architecture for granted, even presuming it to be a natural and redemptive outcome of war’s horrors, especially the Holocaust. In fact, as I show in this paper, contingency marks these developments in the 1940s. Were it not for unpredictable constellations of power and interests, we might have had a different postwar regime of international law.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:30 - 7:00pm

Gore Hall, 103

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Departments of History and Political Science & International Relations; Legal Studies; Jewish Studies; The Center for Global and Area Studies; and the University Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events

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​Dirk Moses - Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm
"Inventing Genocide: The Contingent Origins of a Concept during World War II"

​Dirk Moses - Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm
"Inventing Genocide: The Contingent Origins of a Concept during World War II"

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