Judicial Protection Of Human Rights: Myth Or Reality?

Hardcover | January 1, 1999

EditorMark Gibney, Stanislaw Frankowski

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The central question taken up by this essay collection is the degree to which judges have--or have not--served as protectors of human rights. Although the judiciary is nominally a part of the governing structure, it is also nearly always the case that it stands apart from the political actors who make and carry out policy. Thus, Gibney and Frankowski contend, judges have not designed or carried out the myriad human rights violations that are so common in the world today. The key question asked in this volume is to what extent have courts merely abided by egregious practices, or perhaps have even lent a cover of legitimation--or conversely, the degree to which courts have purposely attempted to bring about some change in stemming governmental abuses. No single volume could cover every country experiencing gross levels of human rights abuses. The effort here has been to provide a cross section of judicial systems throughout the world, and to focus on judicial systems that have become involved in addressing human rights issues.

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The central question taken up by this essay collection is the degree to which judges have--or have not--served as protectors of human rights. Although the judiciary is nominally a part of the governing structure, it is also nearly always the case that it stands apart from the political actors who make and carry out policy. Thus, Gibney...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.48 × 6.4 × 0.88 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275960110

ISBN - 13:9780275960117

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?The collection gathers insightful, engaging scholarship about interesting issues related to the role of national judges in the protection of human rights...this book offers noteworthy articles that will be of interest and aid to lawyers, judges, and activists working in the field of human rights.?-Journal of International Law and Politics