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Defining genocide

Genocide case law is incoherent and securing a conviction is increasingly difficult, according to a panel on the subject yesterday morning.

The legal definition of genocide as a crime was coined by Ralph Lemkin following World War II, and ratified by the UN general assembly though the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1951.


One of the key differentiators, and also the most difficult element to prove, is the “specific intent of the individual,” said Gregory Kehoe, a partner at Greenberg Traurig and former prosecutor with US Department of Justice.

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