Date of Award

Spring 3-20-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Antonio Menendez


This paper will explain the significance of the term of “genocide” beginning with Lemkin’s inception and intent, and the Nuremberg Tribunals that set forth the concrete points from which international criminal law, including genocide, would evolve. I will continue to the first, and current authoritative legal definition of genocide as set forth in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the obligations therein of states party. I will explain the norms thereafter established by tribunals and courts prosecuting genocide, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and its significance for the international community, and finally important clarifications of the significance of the term pre- and post-prosecution.