The Justice Cascade

The Justice Cascade

How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics

Book - 2011
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Over the past three decades, hundreds of government officials have gone from being immune to any accountability for their human rights violations to being the subjects of highly publicized trials in Latin America, Europe, and Africa, resulting in enormous media attention and severe consequences. Here, renowned scholar Kathryn Sikkink brings to light the groundbreaking emergence of these human rights trials as a modern political tool, one that is changing the face of global politics as we know it. Drawing on personal experience and extensive research, Sikkink explores the building of this movement toward justice, from its roots in Nuremberg to the watershed trials in Greece and Argentina. She shows how the foundations for the stunning, public indictments of Slobodan Milosevic and Augusto Pinochet were laid by the long, tireless activism of civilians, many of whose own families had been destroyed, and whose fight for justice sometimes came at the risk of their own lives and careers. She also illustrates what effect the justice cascade has had on democracy, conflict, and repression, and what it means for leaders and citizens everywhere, including the policymakers behind our own "war on terror."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393079937
0393079937
Characteristics: viii, 342 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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lawlogic Apr 17, 2013

This quantitative study of high legal effectivity of international courts and tribunals is the first to reach conclusions based on statistical long term studies. This book is of special value to legal scholars doing work in the area of the PICT project. A clear reduction of grave human rights violations is decisively proven by the studies, even in substantively different states; levels of repression are also shown to be reduced. I rarely offer praise but this book deserves to be read at least twice. Note carefully the statistical tables and detailed footnotes on contextural background in the end matter of the book.

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