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Increasing Momentum in 2023 on a New Crimes Against Humanity Treaty

2023 saw momentum build in favor of the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity. Amidst global challenges, states are rallying around the cause of preventing and punishing crimes against humanity and protecting and enhancing human dignity. Spring and fall saw progress on substantive elements of the treaty through discussion among State representatives in March, April, and October.

Important Preparatory Events Held Prior to Resumed Sixth Committee Session in New York

On March 13-14, 2023, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, joined by the Permanent Mission of France, hosted a two-day workshop on a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity to discuss the ILC 2019 Draft Articles. Organized by Professor Leila Nadya Sadat, and open to all UN Member States and civil society, the […]

Crimes Against Humanity Treaty Moves Forward in 2022

2022 saw important advances in the work to negotiate a new global treaty on crimes against humanity. The Spring was devoted to developing a series of practical procedural options that States wishing to advance to negotiations could use to bypass what seemed to be an intractable block posed by the consensus tradition in the U.N. […]

Disappointing Outcome but Glimmers of Hope at the U.N. Sixth Committee in 2021

Crimes Against Humanity Initiative Director Leila Nadya Sadat, James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, carefully followed the meetings of the U.N. Sixth Committee in Fall 2021 and the discussions of the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity. Her analysis of the negotiations and the tabulation of State responses, conducted by the […]