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Crimes Against Humanity Initiative

Crimes against humanity initiative

The Crimes Against Humanity Initiative at the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute was launched in 2008 to study the need for a comprehensive convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity, analyze the necessary elements of such a convention, and draft a proposed treaty.

The Initiative, under the direction of Leila Sadat, WUSTL professor of law, has released Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity (Sadat, ed., Cambridge 2011), which contains the text of the Proposed International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity in English and in French, commentary from experts, and a comprehensive history of the drafting process.

The Initiative is in the middle of a global awareness campaign about the need for a specialized convention on crimes against humanity which will ultimately lead to the adoption of a new multilateral treaty on crimes against humanity.

More information regarding The Crimes Against Humanity Initiative is available on the Initiative’s website.