International and Comparative Law

Crimes Against Humanity and Rule of Law

A part of the Dean Robert G. Storey Rule of Law Lecture Series

Webinar - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST (UTC -6)

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At the end of World War II, leaders of the German National-Socialist governmental apparatus were tried for crimes against humanity. The prosecutions were a victory for the rule of law: the rule of law could reach unspeakable atrocities visited upon victims seemingly left to their fate by the international community. Since then, what has captured the imagination of lawyers and the general public at large has not been crimes against humanity, but rather the crime of genocide. Crimes against humanity, instead, have again receded into the background. This lecture will submit that to protect the rule of law, we need to return crimes against humanity to the place it once held in our legal imagination. Crimes against humanity are the legal means to protect the very idea international law ought to place at its center - our shared humanity. We currently have a unique opportunity to return crimes against humanity to a more prominent place. A global treaty on the crime is on the UN General Assembly agenda in 2025. This effort can make "never again" a slogan to safeguard both peoples and ordinary people. It can protect what is at the heart of the very first line of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "the inherent dignity [and] the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family" and with it "the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."

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Picture of Lelia Nadya Sadat

Leila Nadya Sadat
James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, Washington University School of Law;
Former Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor

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