International Genocide Persuasive Essay by write123

International Genocide
A criticism of the way in which the United Nations deals with international genocide.
# 106728 | 10,895 words | 24 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2008 in International Relations (General)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper focuses on the issue of genocide as proof of the lack of political and practical capacities of the UN in trying to avert mass killings and crimes against humanity. It begins by addressing the issue of genocide from the point of view of international law, by focusing on the history of the notion, the background, and the discussions surrounding this matter. It then takes into consideration the UN's general role in relation to the act of genocide by pointing out several aspects important for a proper description of the actions the organization took and should have taken throughout time. The next part focuses on particular cases of genocide, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. In conclusion, the paper determines several aspects that must be taken into consideration by the UN and the international community at large in order to prevent such cases from happening again, to increase the political and practical response to such situations, as well as to increase the capacity in which the UN deals with the issue of genocide.

Genocide: Definition, Context, and Legal Aspects
The United Nations and Genocide
Case Study: Rwanda
The Kosovo Crisis

From the Paper:

"The creation of the various organisms destined to trial these crimes have come about only in the light of the international law doctrine that dates back to the time of Hugo Grotius. In this sense, the 17th century personality argues that the issue of sovereignty is an essential component of the attributes of a state and it should stand at the basis of any political, economic, or legal agreement between countries at the international level. This is an important aspect because it justifies the structure of the actual United Nations and of the previous organizations, regardless of their spectrum of activity. It is based on the assumption that the state can and may, yet it is not obliged to engage in international relations. This possibility is given precisely by the exercise of the quality of sovereignty. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Albright, M.(2003) Madam Secretary: a memoir. New York: Miramax.
  • Bennett, L. (1988) International organizations: principles and issues. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Bokor-Szego, H. (1978) The role of the United Nations in international legislation. Budapest: Academia Kiado.
  • Bull, H. (1992) Hugo Grotius and International Relations. In Kingsbury, Bt and Adam Roberts (eds), Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Buzan, B. (1991) People, States, and Fear: An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era. London: Lynne Rienner Pub.

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

International Genocide (2008, August 13) Retrieved January 19, 2022, from

MLA Format

"International Genocide" 13 August 2008. Web. 19 January. 2022. <>