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The United Nations Security Council in the Age of Human Rights

The United Nations Security Council in the Age of Human Rights

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The United Nations Security Council in the Age of Human Rights is the first comprehensive look at the human-rights dimensions of the work of the only body within the United Nations system capable of compelling action by its member states. Known popularly for its failure to prevent mass atrocities in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Syria, the breadth and depth of the Security Council's work on human rights in recent decades is much broader. This book examines questions such as: How is the Security Council dealing with human rights concerns? What does it see as the place of human rights in conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacekeeping? And how does it address the quest for justice in the face of gross violations of human rights? Written by leading practitioners, scholars, and experts, this book provides a broad perspective that describes, explains, and evaluates the contribution of the Security Council to the promotion of human rights and how it might achieve the goals it has articulated more effectively.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316621158
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, a law and consulting firm that focuses on human rights, humanitarian and corporate social responsibility projects. Previously, Genser was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. His pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel. He is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (2014) and co-editor of The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in our Times (2011). He is a recipient of the American Bar Association's International Human Rights Award and the Charles Bronfman Prize. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bruno Stagno Ugarte is Executive Director of the Security Council Report. Most recently, he was Foreign Minister of Costa Rica (2006-10) while the country served a two-year term on the Security Council (2008-9). Previously, Stagno Ugarte served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2002-6), Chief of Staff of the Foreign Ministry (1998-2000), Advisor to the Foreign Minister (1998) and Minister Counselor and Consul General in the Embassy in Paris (1994-8). Stagno Ugarte has also served as President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (2005-8), Co-President of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Conferences (2007-9), Co-President of the UN 2005 Summit Outcome Document (2005) and Vice-President of the UN Commission of Sustainable Development (2002-4). He is a graduate of Georgetown University, Washington DC, Université de la Sorbonne-Paris III-IHEAL and Princeton University, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Security Council and Human Rights: 1. Evolution of the security council's engagement on human rights Bruno Stagno Ugarte and Jared Genser; Part II. Thematic Work of the Security Council: 2. Civilians and armed conflict Rosa Brooks; 3. Women, peace, and security Janet Benshoof; 4. Children and armed conflict Shamala Kandiah Thompson; Part III. Securing, Maintaining, and Building Peace: 5. UN peacekeeping and human rights Mari Katayanagi; 6. Coordination with other UN organs Bertrand G. Ramcharan; Part IV. Law and Justice: 7. Accountability for international crimes - special tribunals and referrals to the international criminal court William Schabas; 8. Enhancing rule of law Axel Marschik; Part V. Case Studies: 9. Rwanda Roméo A. Dallaire and Krystal Carrier; 10. Bosnia-Herzegovina Geoffrey Nice and Nena Tromp; 11. Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta and Benedict Rogers; 12. Sudan (Darfur) Bruno Stagno Ugarte; 13. Democratic Republic of Congo Anthony W. Gambino; 14. Kosovo Søren Jessen-Petersen; 15. Libya Philippe Kirsch and Mohamed Helal; 16. Syria Richard Gowan and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro; Part V. Conclusion.

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