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Prosecuting Serious Human Rights Violations$
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Anja Seibert-Fohr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569328.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Prosecuting Serious Human Rights Violations

Anja Seibert-Fohr

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the growing relevance of prosecution in international law and outlines this historical development. With the increased emphasis on criminal matters, a critical question of contemporary international law concerns to which extend criminal prosecution is a necessary element of human rights protection. This issue is of high practical relevance considering the proclamation of amnesties, large scale impunity, and frequent flaws in criminal proceedings worldwide. The chapter looks at these phenomena and specifies the relevant legal issues. It also describes the methodology and course of analysis of the book.

Keywords:   historical development, impunity, amnesties, criminal prosecution, human rights protection

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