Transitional Justice: From the Local to the International

Authored by: Elizabeth Stanley

The Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671015
eBook ISBN: 9781315612935
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043546

10.4324/9781315612935.ch17

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Abstract

Over the last two decades international understandings of war crimes or crimes against humanity have consolidated around the notion that such events affect all humankind and therefore demand an international response – as the preamble to the International Criminal Court notes, ‘such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world’ (Cryer 2005, 277). The development of political, ideological and legal structures of human rights now mean that ‘doing nothing’ about repression is no longer an option for either international or domestic actors (Lutz 2006).

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