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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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Genocides and Other Mass Atrocities

Genocides and Other Mass Atrocities

A Law and Economics Approach

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(p.639) 27 Genocides and Other Mass Atrocities
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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions
Author(s):

Jurgen Brauer

Charles H. Anderton

David Schap

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.003.0027

The chapter reviews examples of legal instruments and institutions related to atrocity crimes such as genocide. It then discusses the efficiency, or lack thereof, of domestic and international law, both with general examples and with examples specific to cases of such crimes. Multilateral treaties are costly to negotiate and, hence, require commensurate benefits. These benefits can be “negative” for potentially affected populations, for example, when states negotiate escape clauses that reduce a treaty’s intent and effectiveness in regard to the prevention of atrocity crimes. The chapter also asks exactly what sort of economic goods are atrocity crime–related laws and treaties and how best to provide these goods. It finds that conceiving of these goods solely as global public goods, and advocating their global public provision, may not always help the cause of prevention.

Keywords:   genocides, mass atrocities, atrocity crimes, economic analysis of law, global public goods, public provision

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