First used at Nuremberg to condemn the Nazi rulers, the concept of "crimes against humanity" gave universal recognition to the need to hold political leaders accountable for the wars, genocide and torture which disfigure our world.
The arrest of heads of state like Pinochet and Milosevic, and allied action over Kosovo, East Timor and Sierra Leone, are witness to the gathering strength of the human rights movement. But it must continue to struggle against the weaknesses of the UN system and the isolationist tendencies of the Bush administration.
Cautiously optimistic, but unsparingly critical of the politicians and diplomats who cling to nation-state sovereignty, Geoffrey Robertson QC explains why we are on the brink of a new era for human rights - the age of enforcement.
- Publication Date:
- 28 / 08 / 2006
- 129 x 198mm