Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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On 24 March 1999, the English law lords delivered their final verdict on the General Pinochet case, and coincidentally NATO started bombing Serbia from the air. These qualified successes, despite equivocal legality, showed a tide-turn in the momentum of the struggle against the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, be they individuals or states. Geoffrey Robertson, an advocate of human rights for many years, devotes the first half of this persuasive and forthright book to the history of human rights thinking until the pivotal Nuremberg Charter of 1945, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and the recent development of international law to govern them. He marshals his arguments with the tenacious verve and immutable confidence one expects from his profession, and the hi-octane polemic allows little space for the refuge of uncertainty, and indeed prompts the occasional speculation that you're being sold a rotten piece of fruit hidden among the ripe. The more satisfying second half focuses on familiar troublespots of the last decade or so, particularly Kosovo, as well as the wearying impotence of the United Nations, and the establishment of necessarily cautious war crimes tribunals in The Hague and Arusha. Robertson has his favourites (HG Wells and Thomas Paine), and his bête noires (US senator Jesse Helms, Pinochet, cultural relativism), and it rankles considerably that the US, which sets itself up as a moral custodian, refuses to sign up for an International Criminal Court for fear of compromising its sovereignty. For all the choice rhetoric, without enforcement any notion of global justice is mere lip-service, and the conclusion Robertson reaches, as any good lawyer would, is that only a universally ratified international criminal court will turn pious words into effective action. The world is shrinking rapidly, and the last 10 years have seen human rights become a fashionable concern; important books like this allow little room for moral complacency, even while the soft shoe shuffle of diplomacy finally begins to give way to the march of justice. --David Vincent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
His arguments are exceptionally clear and comprehensible, and legal complexities are rendered into simple and lucid prose (Sunday Telegraph)See all Product description
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Can I have a quibble? Robertson is damning of those of us who wrote to the war crimes court complaining about Britain's involvement in the 'War Against Terror'.Like most of those who protested, I did not try and say the war was illegal. The possible grounds for complaint to the court are there for all to read, and I protested on the grounds of treatment of prisoners, then being ferried through Scottish airports in unmarked CIA jets and, with our government's knowledge, being tortured. The reply from the court was very interesting. Did I really expect the court to arrest the leaders of the UK, one of the most powerful countries in the world? My answer was 'Yes' and that the court should give equal treatment to all. After all the European Court of Human Rights does not mollycoddle any of its members. Otherwise we would still have the tawse (cat of nine tails) in Scottish schools...
There is a pattern throughout the book of moving from somewhat dry technical legal detail to highly engrossing descriptions of dictators, dirty money and war stories - but indeed the dry parts are needed to explain the more colorful parts and vice versa; points of law are given full and interesting examples.
This is not a history book, but reads more like a intellectual discussion of how international law can be applied. It has a very pragmatic tone, and there is a realism that leads you to respect the facts the book contains. The book ends in an optimistic tone and the reader left with a sense of having had your eyes opened and your previous perceptions of world governments challenged.
Book arrived before the estimated date in very good condition.
Might be the very best law book that I have bought to date. Excellent.
The book is written well enough for anyone to pick it up and understand Human Rights Laws without a good understanding of law.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in International Human Rights, especially with the current violations of Human Rights across the globe.
An awesome read.
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