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International Law

Apr. 24, 2024

A different degree of genocide

Legal questions surround Israel’s alleged genocide in Gaza, but is it a crime under international law?


In protests roiling college campuses across America, students are stridently charging Israel with genocide in Gaza. This should have the lawyers among us wondering about the legal case for that charge.

The devil is in the details of international law--specifically, the United Nations Convention on the Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. According to the Genocide Convention, genocide means specified acts "committed with intent to destroy, i...

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