Alfred Deakin Research Institute


Public Lecture: The United Nations and the Origins of the Genocide Convention 1946 to 1948

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:21:00 +1000

The Alfred Deakin Research Institute invites you to a public lecture by Professor Jost Düllfer, from the Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, in Germany.

Monday 23 September, 2013
5.00pm for 5.30pm lecture, concludes at 6.30pm
Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

The origins of the Genocide Convention are mostly very much personalized, stressing the impact of individuals such as Raphael Lemkin and others. Whatever personal influences meant in this case, they were embedded in an international setting of the Post-War era.

This contribution argues that the interests of the great powers, the permanent members of the UN Security Council were important and played a major role in the negotiations which dragged on for a long time. Thus, it was not by chance that the UN Human Rights Convention was negotiated and passed separately, but almost in a direct parallel: The Genocide Declaration dated from 9 December 1948 (Resolution 260), while the Human Rights Declaration was passed by the General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

This gives a hint as to the importance attached to the two Declarations in international politics at this time. This also points to the minor importance which the Genocide Declaration developed in the next years to come.

Friday 20 September 2013

please email Ms Jo Collins or phone (03) 5227 1464

Image of representatives as Genocide Convention
Representatives of four states who ratified the Genocide Convention (image: wikimedia)
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T: +61 3 522 71464

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19th July 2012