The Justice Cascade

The Justice Cascade

How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393079937
Branch Call Number: 345.0235/SIKKINK
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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