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Crimes Against Humanity By Geoffrey Robertson, QC

Crimes Against Humanity
by Geoffrey Robertson, QC

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From its development, Robertson gives a lucid and engrossing account of the human rights movement. He includes up-to-the-minute analyses of recent issues, such as the Pinochet affair and predicts what it has in store, not only for tyrants and torturers but also for the superpowers which remain truculent in the face of demands for universal justice
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Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice by Geoffrey Robertson, QC

This text explains, without legal jargon, exactly what the rules of international human rights are and what they should be, how they have developed, and in what courts and tribunals they may be asserted and vindicated. There is a discussion of the development of human rights as philosophy, then as law. A series of chapters deal with particular late-1990s issues, also explaining the procedures for asserting the rules in different courts and tribunals. A concluding chapter makes proposals for the future, suggesting a shift from diplomacy to institutions which can recognize and enforce human rights rules. The book includes an analysis of the war crimes trials at the Hague, the first occasion since Nuremburg on which the international community has attempted to punish violators of human rights.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 The human rights story: in the beginning - natural rights; revolutions and declarations; the 19th century - Bentham, Marx and the humanitarian impulse; between wars - the League of Nations and Stalin's show trials; H.G. Wells - what are we fighting for?; the universal declaration of human rights. Part 2 The post-war world: 1946-76 - thirty inglorious years; the human rights commission - a permanent failure?; the civil covenant and its human rights committee; some enforcement at last - the European convention, and other regions; "realpolitik" rules OK; the Srebrenica question. Part 3 The rights of humankind: making human rights rule - the international law paradox; the Statue of Liberty; safety of the person; individual freedoms; the right to fairness; peaceful enjoyment of property. Part 4 21st century blues: freedom from execution; death penalty safeguards; minority rights; indigenous peoples; self-determination; economic and social rights; a right to democracy?. Part 5 War law: in search of the just war; the Geneva Conventions; good conventions - chemical, nuclear and conventional weapons, and landmines; the dogs of war. Part 6 An end to impunity?: the Nuremberg legacy; international criminals - pirates, slavers and kaisers; the Nazi leaders -summary execution?; the trial; judgement day; victors' justice?; towards universal jurisdiction (genocide, torture, apartheid). Part 7 Slouching towards nemesis: into this blackness; the duty to prosecute; the limits of amnesty; truth commissions and transitional justice; the case for retribution. Part 8: legal basis of the Hague tribunal; how the tribunal operates; the "Tadic case"; individual responsibility. Part 9 The international criminal court: Rome 1998 - the statute; international crimes; the court; the trial; the future. Part 10 The case for General Pinochet: an arrest in Harley Street; the state in international law; sovereign immunity; bring on the diplomats; the law takes its course. Part 10 Epilogue: after Kosovo; appendices.

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GOR001668761
Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice by Geoffrey Robertson, QC
Geoffrey Robertson, QC
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2000-06-01
576
0140250298
9780140250299
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