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A Collective Theory of Genocidal Intent


Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sangkul Kim
    Pages 1-11
  3. Sangkul Kim
    Pages 229-231
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 233-235

About this book


Tackling one of the most confusing and controversial issues in the field of international criminal law — i.e., the genocidal intent element, this monograph seeks to develop an account of genocidal intent from a collectivist perspective. Drawing upon the two-layered structure of the crime of genocide composed of the ‘conduct level’ and ‘context level’, it detects the genocidal intent element at the ‘context level’. The genocidal intent found in this manner belongs to a collective, which significantly departs from the prior individualistic understandings of the notion of genocidal intent. The author argues that the crime of genocide is not a ‘crime of mens rea’. Collective genocidal intent at the ‘context level’ operates in a way that renders the crime of genocide itself a criminal enterprise. The idea of genocide as a criminal enterprise also suggests that genocide is a leadership crime in respect of which only the high-level actors can be labeled as principals (as opposed to accessories). 
The book criticizes the dominant individualistic approaches to genocidal intent (in particular: the knowledge-based approach) which have thus far governed the relevant jurisprudential and academic analysis. It further demonstrates that the hidden notion of ‘collective genocide’ silently governs the relevant international jurisprudence. 
Practitioners and academics in the field of international criminal law and related disciplines will find in this book a new approach to the crime of genocide. The text is the first-ever book-length exposition of a collective account of genocidal intent. Its accessibility is highly enhanced by relevant footnotes.
Sangkul Kim is Lecturer at Korea University in Seoul and Research Fellow with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP).He served as Associate Legal Adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2004-2008). He earned law degrees from Korea University and Georgetown University Law Center.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Law SchoolKorea UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Collective Theory of Genocidal Intent
  • Authors Sangkul Kim
  • Series Title International Criminal Justice Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title International Criminal Justice Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2016
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-6265-122-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6265-123-4
  • Series ISSN 2352-6718
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-6726
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International Criminal Law
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