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Introduction to Part Three

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Chapter Summary

This chapter describes the existing crime categories under international law as they stand today, and explains how sex crimes fit into each and every category within this framework. It illustrates the insufficiency of the current legal structure and lays the foundation for the proposal of a more suitable legal framework. The author argues that the inclusion of sexual offenses in only two of the crime categories that exist in international criminal law-"war crime" and "crime against humanity"-is insufficient. Similarly, the author claims that there is no justification for not including the group of gender as a protected group in the framework of the crime of "genocide", and queries why sex crimes are absent from the list of prohibited acts of this international crime.

Keywords: international criminal law; sex crimes

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