A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Revised version of UN reform plan defines terror, empowers Council to stop genocide

[JURIST] UN officials have released a revised version of plans to reform the 60-year old organization and its mandate, articulating for the first time a definition of terrorism ("the targeting and deliberate killing of civilians and noncombatants") to ground a new anti-terror convention and authorizing the UN Security Council [official website] to step in to stop genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity "should peaceful means prove insufficient and national authorities be unwilling or unable to protect their populations." AP has more. Other continuing proposals focus on Security Council enlargement and an overhaul of the Human Rights Commission [official website]. The report is to be considered by world leaders at a meeting on September 14-16, and is based on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's March report In Larger Freedom [official text, JURIST report]. AFP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.