Application of a Discursive Model of Democracy to Assess the Legitimacy of the Exclusion of Political Groups from the Genocide Convention's Definition of Genocide
University of Toronto (Canada), 2006 - Convention on the Prevention and Treatment of Genocide - 141 pages
The Genocide Convention's lack of protection for political groups has garnered a great deal of criticism and has resulted in divergent understandings of genocide in law, other fields and broader society. This thesis explores this issue and employs the theory of discursive democracy to determine whether the exclusion of political groups from the definition of genocide contained in the Genocide Convention results in a legitimacy problem. It critically examines the arguments for and against genocide protection for political groups in order to identify underlying discourses and ideologies and ascertain the role that they played in the issue of genocide protection for political groups. The thesis argues that the definition of genocide suffers from a lack of legitimacy because it is inconsistent with shifts that have occurred in discourses. The thesis proposes a method by which to resolve the alleged legitimacy problem of the definition of genocide.
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