Over the past century, the concept of "crimes against humanity" has emerged as one of the core crimes of international law. Because of their heinousness and magnitude, it is said that such crimes "constitute egregious attacks on human dignity, on the very notion of humaneness. They consequently affect, or should affect, each and every member of mankind, whatever his or her nationality, ethnic group and location.
Mr. Sean D. Murphy
Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law
George Washington University School of Law