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Arcs of Global JusticeEssays in Honour of William A. Schabas$
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Margaret M. deGuzman and Diane Marie Amann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190272654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190272654.001.0001

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Human Rights and International Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century

Human Rights and International Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century

The End of the Post-WWII Phase and the Beginning of an Uncertain New Era

(p.3) 1 Human Rights and International Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century
Arcs of Global Justice

M. Cherif Bassiouni

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   values, human rights, globalisation, treaties, constitution, legislation, non-state actors, multinational corporations

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