Global Justice: The Politics of War Crimes Trials / Edition 1

Global Justice: The Politics of War Crimes Trials / Edition 1

by Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu
ISBN-10:
0804759715
ISBN-13:
2900804759716
Pub. Date:
03/12/2008
Publisher:
Stanford University Press

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Global Justice: The Politics of War Crimes Trials / Edition 1

After a controversial war in which he was ousted and captured by United States forces, Saddam Hussein was arraigned before a war crimes tribunal. Slobodan Milosevic died midway through his contentious trial by an international war crimes tribunal at The Hague. Calls for intervention and war crimes trials for the massacres and rapes in Sudan's Darfur region have been loud and clear, and the United States remains fiercely opposed to the permanent International Criminal Court. Are war crimes trials impartial, apolitical forums? Has international justice for war crimes become an entrenched aspect of globalization? In Global Justice, Moghalu examines the phenomenon of war crimes trials from an unusual, political perspective—that of an "anarchical" international society.

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ISBN-13: 2900804759716
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 03/12/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, PhD, recently served as a member of the Redesign Panel on the United Nations Internal Justice System appointed by the Secretary-General as part of the reform of the United Nations and was formerly Legal Adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which he represented in negotiations that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He has also worked for the United Nations in New York, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, and Geneva. He is the author of Rwanda's Genocide: The Politics of Global Justice (2005). His op-ed commentaries have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Legal Times, New Perspectives Quarterly, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Pierre-Richard Prosper     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
War Crimes Justice in World Politics     1
Prosecute or Pardon?     15
The Balkans: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic     50
The Rise and Fall of Universal Jurisdiction     76
Sierra Leone: Judging Charles Taylor     104
The Politics of the International Criminal Court     126
Iraq: Chronicle of a Trial Foretold     157
International Justice: Not Yet the End of History     171
Notes     179
Selected Resources     207
Index     211

What People are Saying About This

Alfred P. Rubin

"His distinction between international law and politics seems well founded."

Barbara Crossette

"Kingsley Moghalu is a sure-footed guide through the thicket of international law and the imbalances among nations—political, economic, and military—that have made it very difficult to achieve true global standards and philosophies of justice for war crimes and atrocities against civilians."

Raymond M. Brown

"This book is a must read for anyone concerned with the future of war crimes prosecutions and humanitarian law. Moghalu challenges many common assumptions with controversial views on state sovereignty, the liberal hopes sired at Nuremberg and international justice at large. Wherever you stand on these questions you will be unable to return this volume to your shelf once you pick it up. His lucid writing, trenchant analysis and experience with Rwandan justice require every human rights activist, scholar or concerned citizen to hear his authentic voice."

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