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Crimes Against Humanity And The Principles Of Legality: What Could the Potential Offender Expect?

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  1. Introduction
  2. Analysis of the elements of the Crimes
  3. No requirement of a nexus to war
  4. No requirement of a discriminatory motive
  5. The requirement of a 'widespread or systematic attack' (Emphasis added)
  6. The 'knowledge of the attack'
  7. 'Other inhuman acts', 'persecution', and the principle of legality
  8. 'Other inhuman acts'
  9. 'Persecution'
  10. Conclusion

Les juges ne sont que la bouche qui prononce les paroles de la loi, des êtres inanimés qui ne peuvent ni en adresser la force ni la rigueur. " Charles de Secondat Montesquieu, L'esprit des Lois, Livre XI, Ch. III, 127 (1748). " If the interpretation of laws is evil, their obscurity, which necessarily entails interpretation, is obviously another evil- Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, 10-12 (D. Young trans. 1986). If the law is unclear, judges necessarily have to address such considerations and give their interpretation of its obscure parts. The fundamental "principles of legality" emerged from such social contract theorists and since then constantly developed.

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