Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Sybil Rhodes

Second Advisor

Dr. Tom Kostrzewa

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Butterfield


Genocide, the destruction of a group based on its defining characteristics, is the worst violence known to humanity. Despite an extensive past, the international community has actively pursued human rights abuses and genocide only in the last century. An evaluation of modern armed conflict proves that recognition of human rights and application of international law on a global scale remain elusive. It will take concerted action from major players in the international forum to maintain basic human rights for all. This paper evaluates the inclusion of genocide in international law and application of that law to the recent genocide in the Balkans, namely the Bosnian War.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only