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Accountability for human rights atrocities in international law : beyond the Nuremberg legacy

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Call Number341.69 R23a
Dates2001; ©2001
Statement of ResponsibilitySteven R. Ratner, Jason S. Abrams.
Creators & ContributorsRatner, Steven R. (author)
Abrams, Jason S. (author)
SummaryMore than fifty years after the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, nations still struggle with the necessity of holding individuals accountable for human rights violations. This book offers an unprecedented progress report on this crucial enterprise. After examining the scope of international crime, the mechanisms created by states for enforcing laws, and the practical difficulties of applying such laws, the authors conclude their comprehensive study with an important assessment of the future of accountability. In this new edition the authors also cover recent developments such as the jurisprudence of the UN's Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals, new domestic attempts at accountability, and the International Criminal Court. More than fifty years after the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, nations still struggle with the necessity of holding individuals accountable for human rights violations. This book offers an unprecedented progress report on this crucial enterprise. After examining the scope of international crime, the mechanisms created by states for enforcing laws, and the practical difficulties of applying such laws, the authors conclude their comprehensive study with an important assessment of the future of accountability. In this new edition the authors also cover recent developments such as the jurisprudence of the UN's Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals, new domestic attempts at accountability, and the International Criminal Court. Publisher
Contents
  1. Individual Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: Historical and Legal Underpinnings
  2. Genocide and the Imperfections of Codification
  3. Crimes Against Humanity and the Inexactitude of Custom
  4. War Crimes and the Limitations of Accountability for Acts in Armed Conflict
  5. Other Abuses Incurring Individual Responsibility Under International Law
  6. Expanding and Contracting Culpability: Related Crimes, Defenses, and Other Barriers to Criminality
  7. Mechanisms for Accountability: Framing the Issues
  8. The Forum of First Resort: National Tribunals
  9. The Progeny of Nuremberg: International Criminal Tribunals
  10. Non-Prosecutorial Options: Investigatory Commissions, Civil Suits, and Immigration Measures
  11. Developing the Case: Comments on Evidence and Judicial Assistance
  12. The Khmer Rouge Rule Over Cambodia: A Historical Overview
  13. Applying the Law
  14. Engaging the Mechanisms
  15. Striving for Justice: The Prospects for Individual Accountability
Physical Description xlvii, 435 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherOxford : Oxford University Press
EditionSecond Edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages [397]–426) and index