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William J Aceves

In recent years, victims of human rights abuses have filed civil lawsuits in U.S. courts. This litigation provides victims a voice and promotes accountability for violations of international law.
This is the story of Filartiga v. Pena-Irala, one of the most significant examples of human rights litigation in the U.S., presented as a documentary history – an approach to legal scholarship that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Unlike traditional casebooks, this book emphasizes the dynamic nature of law. The pleadings and documents appear with minimal editing and are supplemented through commentary by various litigation participants.
Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.

Francisco Martin

This book guides civil rights lawyers-and informs judges, legislators, and academics-in the effective use of international law in U.S. federal and state cases.
The author highlights many concrete areas in which international law can enhance human rights protection both in the U.S. and abroad, such as:


Death penalty
Lethal force by police and military authorities
Extraterritorial privacy protection
Gay and lesbian rights
Government liability for foreseeable harm
Compensation for unintentional false imprisonment.
This eminently practical approach-based on model briefs developed for and used by leading U.S. civil rights lawyers and organizations-presents an extremely rare treatment of international human rights law.


Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.