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How human rights have come to dominate world politics, from Kosovo to East Timor. Hailed by the Observer as "a book to stop another Holocaust," Crimes Against Humanity is the first work to weave together history, philosophy, international law, and politics into a comprehensive and engrossing account of the increasingly significant movement for world human rights. Robertson, one of the world's leading human rights lawyers, reveals how human rights, a concept virtually unknown before the second world war, has over the last fifty years penetrated the legal armor of the sovereign state, providing a justification for the international communitywith or without the United Nationsto bring down tyrants and torturers. Called "absorbing and important" by the Guardian [London], Crimes Against Humanity defines a whole new field of inquiry.
Author Biography: Geoffrey Robertson QC, a British barrister, has appeared as counsel in many landmark human rights cases, including the trial that exposed Iraqgate and the commission that exposed the international plot to arm the Medellín cartel in Colombia. He is head of Doughty Street Chambers and visiting professor in human rights at Birkbeck College. His books include Freedom, the Individual and the Law; Media Law; and a memoir, The Justice Game.
|Publisher:||Penguin Books, Limited (UK)|
About the Author
Geoffrey Robertson was the first president of the Sierra Leone Special Court (which indicted Charles Taylor) and has delivered important rulings on the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and the invalidity of amnesties. He was appointed as a distinguished jurist member of the UN’s Justice Council in 2008, and he acted for Human Rights Watch in the Pinochet case. His clients have ranged from Salman Rushdie to Mike Tyson, and he is currently defending Julian Assange. Robertson lives in London.