Non-state actors as perpetrators of genocide and international law

Cecilie made an academic presentation at the international conference on the commemoration of the 70 year anniversary of the UN Genocide Convention on the 6. and 7 of September 2018: The UN Genocide Convention at 70: The Politics of Mass Atrocity Prevention. Cecilie presented a paper entitled “Tribes, Thugs, Terrorists and the Law:  Non-State Actors and the Genocide Convention”. The paper analyses the specific challenges that arise for implementation of the prohibition on genocide under international law when the alleged perpetrator of genocide is a non-state actor with no attribution to a state. For illustration, the paper relies on the example of ISIL and the Yezidis in Iraq in 2014.