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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Challenges of International Protection


Bertie G. Ramcharan

Ever since its creation, the United Nations has sought to protect as well as to promote human rights. Those who campaigned for decades for the establishment of the post of High Commissioner for Human Rights did so in the hope that the High Commissioner would spearhead the efforts of the United Nations and the international community to protect those at risk or whose rights are being violated. How has the High Commissioner contributed to international protection since the establishment of the office in 1993?
This book, the first-ever written on the office since its establishment, presents the protection role of the High Commissioner. It argues that limited protection functions are carried out by the Security Council, the Secretary-General, the Commission on Human Rights and its special procedures, and the High Commissioner. However, international protection is still in its infancy and much more remains to be done to bring about a protection system that effectively anticipates and prevents gross violations, contributes to mitigation and cure, and facilitates remedies and compensation.
This is a valuable pioneering work in the area of the international protection of human rights.

Dinah Shelton

This collection of essays by sixteen outstanding authorities in the relevant fields assesses The International Criminal Court from the perspective of the year 1998 when it was first established by the Rome Statute.

The book's detailed analysis of the potential uses (and misuses) of the Statute—its lacunae and shortcomings as well as its signal advances in jurisdiction and accountability—make International Crimes, Peace and Human Rights a significant reference and guide, not only to the Rome Statute, but also to the Court's jurisprudence as it develops in the coming years and decades.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.

Edited by András Sajó

The essays in this collection reflect on the promises, hopes and fears dominant in the narratives on and realities of doing away with authoritarian regimes. The experiences of post-communist transition are matched with accounts on authoritarian traits present in established constitutional democracies and on authoritarian inclusions preserved in the new regimes in the post-transition phase. The essays combine first-hand insider accounts with interdisciplinary scholarly analysis. The first part of the collection focuses on considerations marking the way out of authoritarian - not restricted to socialist - regimes. The second part centers around experiences and problems which surface following the days of totalitarianism, both in newly emerged democracies and in well-established constitutional systems. Issues covered range from police practices to the role of the 'people' in post-authoritarian regimes. The dilemma transparent in all essays is whether 'coming out' of authoritarianism is possible at all.