Conference on Genocidal Intent

Posted by vm64 at May 04, 2011 10:51 AM |
Call for papers for conference on the legal and historical perspectives of genocide

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 04 May 2011

Destructive intent is one of the most important elements of the crime of genocide, and one which has often been difficult to prove in a trial setting.

The British Academy has agreed to fund a conference on Genocidal Intent which will be hosted by the University of Leicester from 21 to 23 September 2011. 

The conference is organised by Dr Paul Behrens from the University’s School of Law and Dr Olaf Jensen (Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) and is part of the recently established Leicester Project on Genocide and the Holocaust, which in 2010 ran a workshop on Holocaust and genocide denial.

One of the keynote speakers at September’s Conference will be Professor William A Schabas, author of the seminal book ‘Genocide in International Law. The Crime of Crimes’, and one of the most prominent genocide scholars in the field of law. 

Genocidal intent is also of essential importance to historical studies, psychology and other disciplines dealing with mass atrocities and international crimes, and speakers from these fields will be invited to present their views on intent at the conference.

Dr Behrens said: "This is an important and unique event. Genocidal intent is a divisive issue.   In law, it has led to judgments which were heavily criticised; and in historical studies, there is fierce debate on the question whether intent is needed for genocide. 

“We now have the opportunity to discuss this aspect in great detail from the perspectives of all interested disciplines. The Conference on Genocidal Intent promises to be an original and exciting event."

The call for papers is available at

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Dr Paul Behrens, School of Law, University of Leicester, E-Mail 

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