Title The United Nations Genocide Convention
Subtitle An Introduction
Author Samuel Totten, Henry Theriault
ISBN 9781487524081
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 192
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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"The international law of genocide can be intimidating to non-specialists. This user-friendly manual provides a very effective and useful entry point into the subject."

—William A. Schabas, School of Law, Middlesex University


"I can scarcely believe all that this text has to offer! I know of no text on the market today that considers key distinctions between genocide and other forms of mass violence and human rights violations as well as the authors do here. This text encourages scholars and teachers to focus on genocides, including and beyond the Holocaust, and includes an exemplary supplementary text for courses on genocide, human rights, and international law, which will undoubtedly help students confront the intricacies and abstruseness of the United Nations Convention."

Kimberley Ducey, University of Winnipeg


It is virtually impossible to understand the phenomenon of genocide without a clear understanding of the complexities of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (UNCG). This brief but cogent book provides an introduction to the unique wording, legal terminology, and key components of the convention, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Providing clarity on the distinctions between genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing, this book is designed to be an entry into further study of genocide in its legal, historical, political, and philosophical dimensions. Key terms, such as intent and motive, are explained, case studies are included, and a detailed bibliography at the conclusion of the book offers suggested avenues for more advanced study of the UNCG.





Chapter 1. Raphael Lemkin: The Man Who Coined the Term "Genocide" and His Indefatigable Effort in the Development and Ratification of the UNCG

Chapter 2. An Overview of the UNCG: An Analysis of Each Article

Chapter 3. The Complexities Inherent in the UNCG

Chapter 4. "Genocide" Distinguished from Other Forms of Major Human Rights Violations: Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes, and Ethnic Cleansing

Chapter 5. Applications of the UNCG in Representative Cases of Genocide at the ICTR and ICTY




1. Selected Preparatory Documents (in Chronological Order)

2. The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

3. List of Crimes against Humanity

4. The Responsibility to Protect (a Summary)



Select Annotated Bibliography

About the Authors


About the Authors:

Samuel Totten is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he taught from 1987 to 2012.

Henry Theriault is currently professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University.

Target Audience:

People interested in international law, genocide, human rights and political science.

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