Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice

Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice

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Roht-Arriaza explores the basis in international law to investigate past human rights violations, to prosecute perpetrators, and to provide redress for victims.show more

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  • Hardback | 412 pages
  • 159 x 234.7 x 32.5mm | 843.7g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195081366
  • 9780195081367
  • 2,075,459

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Beginning with a general consideration of theories of punishment and redress for victims, Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice explores how international law provides guidance on issues of investigation, prosecution, and compensation. It reviews some of the more well-known historical examples of societies grappling with impunity, including those arising from the Second World War and from the fall of the Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese dictatorships in the 1970s. Country studies from around the world look at how the problem of impunity has been dealt with in practice in the last two decades. The work then distills these experiences into a general discussion of what has and hasn't worked. It concludes by considering the role of international law and institutions in the future, especially given renewed interest in international mechanisms to punish wrong-doers. As individuals, governments, and international organizations come to grips with histories of repression and impunity in countries around the world, the need to define legal procedures and criteria for dealing with past abuses of human rights takes on a special importance. Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice aims to share their experiences in the hope that lawyers, scholars, and activists in those countries where dealing with the past is only now becoming an imperative may learn from those who have recently confronted similar challenges. This work will be essential reading for lawyers, political and social scientists, historians and journalists, as well as human rights experts concerned with this important issue.show more

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'a splendid book dealing with a crucial topic...In addition to its generally impressive substance, it is very well written and readable, with most contributors rising to the high standards set by the editor.' * International and Comparative Law Quarterly *show more