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I. Concept and History – II. International Criminal Law

I. Concept and History

The German term Völkermord refers to a variety of actions undertaken to annihilate various social groups; the element of “murder” need not be fulfilled nor a “people” be the sole victims. The term “genocide,” coined by Raphael Lemkin (from Gk γένος/génos: kind, people, tribe; Lat. caedere: to annihilate, kill) is more precise. Prompted by his study of the Turkish mass murder of …

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Reuter, Hans-Richard, “Genocide”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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