International Criminal Law and the Future of Humanity: A Theory of the Crime of Omnicide

post by philosophytorres · 2021-03-22T12:19:51.445Z · EA · GW · 1 comments

This paper argues that current international criminal law should be expanded to include omnicide, or the intentional destruction of humanity. I claim that omnicide is not a special case of crimes against humanity or genocide, but is distinct from both in a number of important ways. I further argue that establishing a specialized convention on omnicide is urgent given the exponential development of dual-use emerging technologies, which could enable a large number of state and nonstate actors to unilaterally bring about the extinction of humanity. Although I do not intend to outline a complete theory of the crime of omnicide, I do attempt to lay a foundation for future research on this important topic.



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comment by Ramiro · 2021-03-22T17:18:24.644Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I love the subject, and thanks for the post. I'd even include some sort of "manslaughter-like" humanicide - i.e., assuming a highrisk of destroying humanity.
But I don't even dream with anything like that before we criminalize nuclear (or WMD in general) first strike.