Accountability for Human Rights Atrocities in International Law: Beyond the Nuremberg Legacy

Paperback | January 29, 2009

bySteven R. Ratner, Jason S. Abrams, James Bischoff

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The fall of dictatorial regimes and the eruption of destructive civil conflicts around the world have led to calls for holding individuals accountable for human rights atrocities. This book offers a comprehensive study of the promise and limitations of international criminal law as a means ofenforcing international human rights and humanitarian law. It provides a searching analysis of the principal crimes under the law of nations, such as genocide and crimes against humanity and an appraisal of the most important prosecutorial and other mechanisms developed to bring individuals tojustice. After applying their conclusions in a detailed case study, the authors offer a series of compelling conclusions on the prospects for accountability. This fully updated new edition also contains expanded coverage of the increasing numbers of international criminal trials including the cases of Bosnia, Serbia, and East Timor. It also explores individual accountability for terrorist acts and accountability for acts undertaken in the name ofcounter-terrorism policy, and provides expanded coverage of aggression and crimes against peace.

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The fall of dictatorial regimes and the eruption of destructive civil conflicts around the world have led to calls for holding individuals accountable for human rights atrocities. This book offers a comprehensive study of the promise and limitations of international criminal law as a means ofenforcing international human rights and hu...

Steven R. Ratner is Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School Jason S. Abrams is an international lawyer based in New York James Bischoff works in the offices of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Juan Torruella

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pagesPublished:January 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199546673

ISBN - 13:9780199546671

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PART ONE: SUBSTANTIVE LAW1. Individual Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: Historical and Legal Underpinnings2. Genocide and the Imperfections of Codification3. Crimes Against Humanity and the Inexactitude of Custom4. War Crimes and the Limitations of Accountability for Acts in Armed Conflict5. Other Abuses Incurring Individual Responsibility under International Law6. Expanding and Contracting Culpability: Related Crimes, Defenses, and Other Barriers to CriminalityPART TWO: MECHANISMS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY7. Mechanisms for Accountability: Framing the Issues8. The Forum of First Resort: National Tribunals9. The Progeny of Nuremberg: The International Criminal Court10. The Progeny of Nuremberg: International Criminal Tribunals11. Non-Prosecutorial Options: Investigatory Commissions, Civil Suits, and Immigration Measure12. Developing the Case: Comments on Evidence and Judicial AssistancePART THREE: A CASE STUDY: THE ATTROCITIES OF THE KHMER ROUGE12. Applying the Law13. Engaging the MechanismsPART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS14. Striving for Justice: The Prospect for Individual AccountabilityAppendices

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`a timely and highly valuable contribution to the emerging literature on the subject ... an outstanding book that is concise and accessible to a broad audience, yet comprehensive and scholarly ... This excellent book provides a thoroughly researched and eloquently written survey of the legaland policy framework within which these and other complex issues may be examined. It combines scholarly erudition with a practial sense and thus provides a valuable instrument for the pursuit of international justice. It is indispensable reading for students, practitioners, scholars and othersinterested in accountability for gross human rights abuses.'Payam Akhavan, The American Journal of International Law (Vol 93)