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Inhumanity’s Law: Crimes Against Humanity, RtoP, and South Sudan

Waldorf, Lars (2016) 'Inhumanity’s Law: Crimes Against Humanity, RtoP, and South Sudan.' International Politics: a journal of transnational issues and global problems, 23 (1). 49 - 66. ISSN 0587-5994

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This article addresses the question whether the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) promotes a ‘common humanity’. It observes how overt references to common humanity have receded from the RtoP discourse with the World Summit Outcome (WSO) in 2005. Nonetheless, the WSO prompted greater attention to crimes against humanity, which might conceivably strengthen a minimalist conception of humanity through the prosecution of its opposite number, inhumanity. This article tests Teitel’s argument that ‘humanity law’ is reshaping the discourse of international politics by looking at the UN Security Council debates over RtoP in South Sudan. It concludes that the Council’s failure to refer South Sudan to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity further weakens RtoP’s potential to communicate a solidarist norm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: common humanity; crimes against humanity; international criminal court; responsibility to protect; South Sudan
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2021 13:37
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2021 14:15

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