International criminal law and human rights
The publication of this book emerges at the time when international criminal law and human rights are at the forefront of global legal and political interest. The main purpose of this text is to provide students, academics and other interested persons with an accessible, through and in-depth analysis of this complex and challenging field. This chapter follows the emergence of human rights from their origins as commonly shared human and social values to their transformation into legal norms and into their inclusion in prescriptive and proscriptive international treaties. It examines the integration of human rights in regional systems as well as national constitutions and domestic legislation. After tracking their emergence and development, this chapter questions the continuing role of human rights in an increasingly globalised world, where the power and wealth interests of states often prevail over the enforcement of human rights. As realpolitik continues to threaten the development of international criminal justice initiatives that emerged in the post-WWII and post-Cold War eras, this chapter analyses the reality facing human rights and international criminal justice in a world of non-state actors, multinational corporations, and the increasing power of those who benefit from impunity and the infringement of human rights.
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