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Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are recognised worldwide as the most abhorrent of crimes; and the perpetrators understood as enemies of all mankind. It has long been recognised that those responsible for such crimes must be held to account and that the institutions, organisations and governments that enabled the abuses to occur should not escape liability. International law recognises the obligation to provide reparations for international wrongful acts. This has been repeatedly reaffirmed in the jurisprudence of national and international courts Reparation for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and other serious violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law has been traditionally conceived in the context of State responsibility for injurious international wrongs, particularly at the end of a conflict. This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: genocide; humanity; international human rights; International law; jurisprudence; war crimes



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