Mounting deaths and casualties in ongoing conflicts and situations in Ukraine, Myanmar, Ethiopia, and other nations have been described as crimes against humanity. While the global legal framework has treaties that specifically address genocide, war crimes, torture, and other atrocities, none exists for crimes against humanity. After years of delay, member states of the United Nations recently voted to move forward the process of finalizing and adopting a draft treaty on crimes against humanity.
In her lecture, Akila Radhakrishnan, President of the Global Justice Center, will give an overview of crimes against humanity, describe the draft treaty to address and prevent that atrocity, talk about the diplomatic process of adopting it, and discuss its effects on international law.
Lecture Chair:Ruti G. Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School; Director, Center for International Law and the Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy; and author of Humanity’s Law (Oxford University Press, 2013).