Inciting Genocide with Words

  title={Inciting Genocide with Words},
  author={Richard Wilson},
  journal={Michigan journal of international law},
  • Richard Wilson
  • Published 19 February 2015
  • Law, Political Science
  • Michigan journal of international law
This article calls for a rethinking of the causation element in the prevailing international criminal law on direct and public incitement to commit genocide. After the conviction of Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity, the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide was established in the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide in 1948. The first (and thus far, only) convictions for the crime came fifty years later at the… 

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  • Shannon Fyfe
  • Law, Sociology
    Leiden Journal of International Law
  • 2017
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