The Justice Cascade

The Justice Cascade

How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics

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Baker & Taylor
Discusses the emergence of human rights prosecutions as a powerful political tool and the effect these trials have had on democracy, conflict, and world politics from Latin America to Europe and Africa.

Norton Pub
Acclaimed scholar Kathryn Sikkink examines the important and controversial new trend of holding political leaders criminally accountable for human rights violations.
Grawemeyer Award winner Kathryn Sikkink offers a landmark argument for human rights prosecutions as a powerful political tool. She shows how, in just three decades, state leaders in Latin America, Europe, and Africa have lost their immunity from any accountability for their human rights violations, becoming the subjects of highly publicized trials resulting in severe consequences. This shift is affecting the behavior of political leaders worldwide and may change the face of global politics as we know it.Drawing on extensive research and illuminating personal experience, Sikkink reveals how the stunning emergence of human rights prosecutions has come about; what effect it has had on democracy, conflict, and repression; and what it means for leaders and citizens everywhere, from Uruguay to the United States. The Justice Cascade is a vital read for anyone interested in the future of world politics and human rights.

Book News
The "justice cascade," in the parlance of this volume, is the relatively new trend in world politics whereby state officials, including heads of state, are increasingly being held criminally accountable for human rights violations. Author Sikkink (political science, U. of Minnesota) explores the reasons for the emergence and development of the "justice cascade," tracing the movement of new ideas and practices concerning criminal accountability for human rights from early domestic cases in Greece, Portugal, and Argentina across regions and across the globe and also assesses the political impact of this diffusion, addressing both the fear that such trials could lead to political instability and the complaint that powerful countries such as the United States and China remain largely immune from the effect of this diffusion of new norms. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Discusses the emergence of human rights prosecutions as a powerful political tool and the effect these trials have had on democracy, conflict and world politics from Latin America to Europe and Africa. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393079937
0393079937
Branch Call Number: 345 SIK 2011
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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