Crimes Against Humanity, Dehumanization and Rehumanization: Reading the Case of Duch with Hannah Arendt

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Abstract

The concept of humanity takes up a prominent place in the discourse on international (criminal) law. It remains, however, unclear what exactly is meant by an invocation of humanity. In this article, I aim to contribute to an elucidation of this concept. For this purpose, I will first analyse how the concept of crimes against humanity and the related notions of dehumanization and rehumanization are employed in the case of Duch, the chairman of the infamous Cambodian S-21 prison which functioned under the Khmer Rouge. Second, I will put these findings in a philosophical context. Building on the work of Hannah Arendt, I will devise a conceptual framework to analyse crimes against humanity, dehumanization and rehumanization in order to tease out what is at issue in the concept of humanity in international (criminal) law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-370
Number of pages20
JournalCanadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal Thought
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date26 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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