Main Substantive Terms, Their Basic Differences and Links, and Leading Working Hypothesis

  • Rustam AtadjanovEmail author
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 22)


This chapter introduces the explanations of the substantive meanings that the term “humanity” contains, with a view to avoiding etymological complications and to be clear from the beginning. It then proceeds to assigning the most relevant definitions for the purposes of this book. The working definitions for the following key terms are offered: “humanity”, “laws of humanity” and “principle of humanity”. That allows to compare more precisely the related basic concepts regularly figuring in the following chapters and to serve as a starting point in describing the major differences and important links between them. Additionally, I attempt to clarify such terms as “humanitarian considerations”, “fundamental standards of humanity” as well as the “principle of humanity” as a guiding principle of humanitarian action. Moreover, the above said comparison is instrumental in laying out the working hypothesis that will subsequently undergird the whole monograph. Eventually, the chapter explains why analyze the concept of humanity as a constituent element of the law of crimes against humanity in the first place.


Humanity Laws of humanity Principle of humanity Crimes against humanity Humanitarian considerations Humanness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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