Back in London, on July 31st, Jackson circulated a revised draft of the statute. He used Lauterpacht’s idea of titles and included the new definition of the crimes. There, in black and white, for the first time, a reference to “Crimes Against Humanity.” “We should insert words ti make clear the we are addressing persecution, etc. of Jews and others in Germany, as well as outside of it,” Jackson explained to the Allies, “before as well as after commencement of the war.”

Such language would extend the protections of international law. It would bring into the trial Germany’s actions against its own nationals–Jews and others–before the war began. It would cover Leon’s expulsion from the Reich in November 1938 and the measures taken against millions of others the occurred before September 1939. No longer would a state be free too treat its people entirely as it wished.*


From: Sands, Philippe. East West Street : On the Origins of “genocide” and “crimes Against Humanity”. First edition. ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. (pg. 114)

*Emphasis mine.