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The U.N. Sixth Committee considered the ILC’s Draft Articles on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity in October 2020. In large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s limitations on working methods at the United Nations, the Committee was again unable to agree on a way forward in 2020 and instead opted for a […]
The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute has updated the compilation report of government reactions on the International Law Commission’s Project on crimes against humanity, which now includes the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee. Read more.
Amnesty International issued a press release on September 30, 2020, calling upon the United Nations to turn the Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity into a UN Convention. You can read the full statement here.
On July 24, 2020, an Inter-sessional Dialogue on the Way Forward on a Global Convention on Crimes Against Humanity was hosted virtually by the Permanent Missions of Sierra Leone, Austria, Czech Republic, Mexico, and New Zealand to the United Nations, in collaboration with Florida International University and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. Over 200 people […]
On November 10, 2019, the U.N. Sixth Committee adopted Draft Resolution II on Crimes against Humanity which took note of the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles and decided “to include in the provisional agenda of its seventy-fifth session an item entitled “Crimes against humanity” and to continue to examine the recommendation of the Commission.” (https://undocs.org/en/A/74/425). […]
On October 29, 2019, the Harris Institute, along with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Sierra Leone, and the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations, hosted a panel discussion and interactive dialogue on crimes against humanity at the German House in New York City. The event was scheduled […]
On October 11, 2019, the Harris Institute organized a panel on crimes against humanity during the premier international law event of the American Branch of the International Law Association – International Law Weekend in New York City. The panel, entitled Forging a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity, discussed the Draft Articles on the Prevention and Punishment of […]
More than 70 years after crimes against humanity were defined in Article 6(c) of the London Charter and prosecuted at Nuremberg, the international community may soon have a global convention on crimes against humanity. In Chapter IV of the Report of the International Law Commission on the work of the seventy-first session, made available in […]
Building on the work of the Harris Institute’s Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, a new global treaty on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity is gaining momentum. In summer 2017, the International Law Commission (ILC) completed Draft Articles for a global convention for crimes against humanity and requested comments from governments, international organizations, and […]
By: Madaline George, Harris Institute Fellow May 16, 2019 A new global convention on preventing and punishing crimes against humanity is one step closer to reality. The UN International Law Commission (ILC) began its Second Reading of Draft Articles following a unanimous decision by Members of the Commission to send the Articles to the Commission’s […]
On 3 May 2019, the War Crimes Committee of the International Bar Association hosted a Discussion on the Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity at the Palais des Nations, home of the United Nations Office in Geneva. Co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of […]
On 21 February 2019, the Human Science Research Council and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa will host a Policy Seminar on Crimes Against Humanity. In conjunction with the seminar, the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center will host a film screening of Never Again: Forging a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity.