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Robbery Against Humanity: The Treatment in International Humanitarian Law of Economic Crime as a Basis for Persecution and Genocide

NCJ Number
Forum on Crime and Society Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Dated: December 2002 Pages: 101-108
Dan Saxon
Date Published
December 2002
8 pages
This article explores the history of the international humanitarian jurisprudence concerning the treatment of certain economic crimes as crimes of persecution or genocide.
Crime against humanity generally invokes images of shockingly violent crimes. However, some types of economic crimes result in violations of fundamental human rights. These crimes are perpetrated in a manner that is widespread and systematically directed against a particular racial, religious, or political group. Defined in this way, these types of economic crimes may be treated as crimes of persecution or even genocide. The author traces the history of how this type of jurisprudence, that mixes economic crimes with crime against humanity, was formed in international humanitarian law. The trial at Nurnberg, the 1961 trial of Adolph Eichmann, Yugoslavian jurisprudence, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court are all discussed as the author offers an account of how economic crimes may become violations of international humanitarian law. References


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