Broadening the Concept of Genocide in Lithuania’s Criminal Law and the Principle

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The present article discusses the broadening of the concept of genocide in Lithuanian national criminal law with regard to the principle of nullum crimen sine lege. The broadened definition, which includes two groups, social and political raises serious problems when the national provisions on genocide are applied retroactively. However, in the case of Lithuania, such a broadening of the definition may be interpreted not as an introduction of distinct independent groups, but of groups that closely overlap with the groups defined by the UN Genocide convention of 1948. The article suggests that potential problems with the principle of nullum crimen sine lege may be avoided by qualifying crimes against the Soviet regime as crimes against humanity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-348
JournalJurisprudencija: mokslo darbai
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009



  • Crimes against humanity
  • Genocide
  • International crimes

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