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From The Ad Hoc Committee Draft To The Sixth Committee

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The Ad Hoc Committee's task was to prepare a draft Convention on the Crime of Genocide, to be submitted to the Economic and Social Council at its next session (19 July 1948). This chapter includes the texts of the General Assembly resolutions of 21 November 1947 and the Economic and Social Council Resolution of 3 March 1948. Differing opinions on the scope of application and the mechanism of the proposed Convention were expressed in the debates in the Assembly's Sixth Committee, the Economic and Social Council and in the comments received from Governments. The General Assembly resolution requested the Economic and Social Council to take into account the terms of reference given to the International Law Commission concerning the formulation of the Nurnberg principles. The Charter of the International Military Tribunal is only concerned with crimes against humanity if they are related to crimes against peace or war crimes.

Keywords: Ad Hoc committee; crime of genocide; general assembly's sixth committee; International Law Commission; International Military Tribunal; Nurnberg principle; UN Economic and Social Council



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