1. Fundamental preliminary article on genocide to be read by all students: 1 item
    Rosenberg, S. P. (2012) Genocide Is a Process, Not an Event, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 7(1): 16-23 (available at:
  2. Fundamental preliminary article on HR (Human Rights) to be read by all students: 1 item
    Neumayer, E. (2005) Do International Human Rights Treaties Improve Respect for Human Rights? Journal of Conflict Resolution, 49 (6): 925-53 (available in the Library, please go to e-Journals).
  3. Major works essential for the module (listed according to the topics seen every week): 7 items
    1. Genocide: its political use in the twentieth century - Leo Kuper 1982, c1981

      Book Core Pioneering of comparative genocide studies

    2. Philosophy and the Right to Resistance - Douzinas, C

      Chapter Core

    3. Revolutions and Declarations: The Rights of Men, Citizens and a Few Others

      Chapter Core

    4. Broken republic: three essays - Arundhati Roy 2012

      Book Core On the annihilation war against the poor of an emerging global superpower state: India, the country of 69 mega-rich individuals and 836 million of extremely poor

    5. Listening to grasshoppers: field notes on democracy - Arundhati Roy 2010, c2009

      Book Core The central chapter (same title as book) is a lecture delivered by Arundhati Roy in Istanbul on January 18, 2008. A pdf version of the initial publication of the lecture is available as an attachment to the Tap 'Readings: core, textbooks, additional'.

    6. The Destruction of the European Jews - Raul Hilberg 1985

      Book Core (one-volume edition, abridged by the author, from his three-volume complete work; see below the reference for the latter). This is by far the most important study of The Holocaust, the book everyone should read. Please, notice its title!

    7. Part Two: Uses of the Word “Jew” - A Badiou

      Chapter Core This is also crucial for the module, as it is what is going to help us make sense of the whole thing (i.e. of the fact that the Western, advanced 'democratic' countries in reality never fought against Nazism and have done nothing since the end of the 2nd world war to prevent it. Badiou's central idea is: 'It is thought which prevents repetition [of genocide and criminal politics like Nazism, Fascism, Racism] --thought, not simply memory and the commemoration of the victims'.

  4. Books which may be used as textbooks 8 items
    1. International human rights in context: law, politics, morals - Henry J. Steiner, Philip Alston, Ryan Goodman 2006


    2. The history and sociology of genocide: analyses and case studies - Frank Robert Chalk, Kurt Jonassohn, Institut montréalais des études sur le génocide c1990

      Book  Can be used as a textbook; wide ranging if eclectic treatment, but very useful; it contains selections from classical texts and studies, dealing with many cases spanning many centuries.

    3. The end of human rights: critical legal thought at the turn of the century - Costas Douzinas 2000


    4. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction - Adam Jones 2010

      Book Core Can be used as a a textbook; comprehensive, as the title says, and very useful.

    5. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens: A Contribution to Modern Constitutional History - Georg Jellinek, Max Farrand 2007

      Book  This is a classical text with comparative conceptual analyses of diverse declarations, in addition to that of the French revolution. A 25-page electronic version in pdf format available at

    6. The politics of human rights - Obrad Savić, Beogradski krug 2002

      Book  This is a very useful and good collection of readings by renowned thinkers and scholars

    7. War and genocide: organized killing in modern society - Martin Shaw 2003

      Book Core An excellent introductory textbook. Chapter 2, ‘Genocide as a form of war’, available as pdf from the author’s website:

  5. Critiques of HR: 2 items
    1. On the Jewish Question - Karl Marx 2017

      Book  The classical critique of HR from an emancipatory perspective

    2. Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil - Alain Badiou 2001

      Book  This is the most thorough and consistent contemporary critique of HR and its uses under ‘humanitarianism’

  6. Genocide studies and prevention - International Association of Genocide Scholars, International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies -©2012

    Journal  Important free-access Journal

  7. Further readings (most relevant for the course first): 19 items
    1. Resistance: the Warsaw Ghetto uprising - Israel Gutman 1994


    2. Sources of Holocaust Research: An Analysis / Raul Hilberg. - Raul Hilberg 2000

      Book  Hilberg's approach and methodology. Particularly enlightening is the question, "what is a document", e.g. a train timetable? See how Hilberg reconstructS Nazi organization and chain of command

    3. The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian - Raul Hilberg 2002

      Book  Crucial to see that there are not only genocidal politics (e.g. Nazi politics, all genocides put in place a process of destruction which is a genocidal political process), but also "politics of genocide" which often determine whether or not to talk/study/pay attention to specific genocides. Why was it that only in the 1970s the Holocaust became a major focus of attention, when before it was basically ignored?

    4. The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom - Adam Czerniakow, Raul Hilberg, Stanislaw Staron, Josef Kermish 1979


    5. The Politics of Human Rights: The Quest for Dignity - Sabine C. Carey, Mark Gibney, Steven C. Poe 2010


    6. Kolyma Tales - Varlan Shalanov 1994

      Book  On the Soviet Stalinist camps; a masterpiece on the authors' experience of seventeen years in the Stalinist GULAG [Glavnoe Upravlenie ispravitel’no-trudovykh LAGerei (Main Administration of Corrective Labour Camps)]

    7. International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals - Henry J. Steiner, Philip Alston, Ryan Goodman 2006


    8. Equaliberty: Political Essays - Etienne Balibar, James Ingram 2014 (electronic resource)


    9. Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach - Michael A. Freeman 2010


    10. The Destruction of the European Jews - Raul Hilberg 2003

      Book  The complete 3 Vol. work

    11. I Escaped from Auschwitz - Rudolph Vrba 2006


    12. Human rights and the uses of history - Samuel Moyn 2014


  8. Case Study: Real Decisions at Diageo

    Chapter  Please read this case study - there is an e-book available