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Description - Accountability for Human Rights Atrocities in International Law by Steven R. Ratner

This book explores the promises and limitations of holding individuals accountable for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. It analyses the principal crimes under international law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, and appraises both prosecutorial and other key mechanisms developed to bring individuals to justice. 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 contains expanded coverage of national trials under universal jurisdiction, international criminal tribunals including the International Criminal Court, new hybrid tribunals in Cambodia and elsewhere, truth commissions, and lustration. It also explores individual accountability for terrorist acts and for abuses committed in the name of counter-terrorism policy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199546664
ISBN-10: 0199546665
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 163mm x 35mm)
Pages: 536
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Steven R. Ratner

Steven R. Ratner is Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He was previously the Albert Sidney Burleson Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law (Austin) and an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department. Jason S. Abrams is a consultant to the United Nations. He has served as Legal Officer, Policy Coordination Officer and Consultant to the United Nations. His work has included private international matters involving UN Headquarters and Peacekeeping Missions, landmines, and management reform initiatives. Earlier in his career, Mr. Abrams was an Attorney-Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. James L. Bischoff is an Attourney-Advisor in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the United Nations Department of State. He previously worked as an Associate Legal Officer at the ICTY and served on the Secretariat of the standing committee charged with proposing amendments to the Tribunal's Rules of Procedure and Evidence.