“Armenian Genocide” Case with Respect to International Criminal Law


Every year, when April 24th comes, you may see discussions about “Armenian Genocide” everywhere; however, many of the claims in those discussions are “romantic” and far from having an academic base. In this writing, I will try to analyze “the Armenian Genocide” case in the context of International Criminal Law.

As far as I am concerned, in judicial terms, there are many reasons for todays’ Turkey not to be accused of genocide and to be punished for that. The first one is the principle of retrospectivity. This principle explains that a law that has entered into force before the crime happened cannot bind that crime. This is valid for genocide issue, too; because the term genocide has judicial meaning rather than just being an action. The term genocide got into the literature of law with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which has entered…

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