Herb Hirsch


This is the third issue of Volume 1 of Genocide Studies and Prevention. It is the first non-topical or general issue and, therefore, contains articles covering a wide variety of topics. The lead article by Professor David Scheffer, formerly US ambassador at large for war crimes issues (1997–2001) and currently the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University, is an exciting and interesting call for a new genre of human-rights law. Arguing that the term ‘‘genocide’’ has imposed limitations on action to protect human rights, Scheffer calls for a new category of international law, ‘‘atrocity crimes.’’ The purpose here, as he argues, is to ‘‘simplify and yet render more accurate both public dialogue and legal terminology describing genocide and other atrocity crimes.’’