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What is an International Crime?



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Speaker: Professor Kevin Jon Heller

Series: International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) seminars

Nearly all International Criminal Law scholars accept the idea that an international crime is an act that is directly criminalized by international law. Professor Heller will challenge that definition, what he calls the "direct-criminalization thesis," in this lecture. More specifically, he argue that the thesis can only be defended on the basis of an unconvincing and illegitimate naturalist understanding of the creation of international law -- and that any attempt to defend the direct-criminalization thesis on positivist grounds collapses it into what he calls the "national-criminalization thesis", the idea that an international crime is an act that all states are obligated to domestically criminalize.

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When and where

11.59am - 2.00pmWednesday 14th May 2014

AG02 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

Contact Details

Dr Ioannis Kalpouzos

Lecturer in Law

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
020 7040 4122

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