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Justice Across Borders: The Struggle for Human Rights in U.S. Courts 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


An important book that traces the development of human rights law under the Alien Tort Statute...excellent in inviting discussion...a valuable contribution.
--H-Net, Paul Parker, Truman State University

Detailed and instructive...a thoughtful analysis. Davis's project is a hopeful one, detailing how US courts have provided a real and meaningful forum for many victims who had no opportunity...to bring their oppressors to justice
--Harvard Law Review

"In Justice Across Borders, Jeffrey Davis makes an indispensable and innovative contribution to the study of human rights and the growing literature on international justice. Mixing detailed case studies with quantitative analysis, Davis reveals the transformative role of litigation in the search for justice. He also reminds us that individuals - from survivors of mass atrocities to the public interest lawyers who represent them - play an essential role in this search."
--William J. Aceves, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, California Western School of Law, and author of The Anatomy of Torture: A Documentary History of Filartiga v. Pena-Irala

"Justice Across Borders makes a tremendous contribution to the field of human rights. It moves beyond a strictly legalistic approach to human rights and exposes the full range of actors and the complex politics informing the development of human rights jurisprudence in U.S. courts. Well researched and tightly argued, the book offers particularly strong analysis of NGO involvement and executive branch involvement, and yet it deserves to be read from cover to cover by both students and practitioners seeking to understand the historical development of human rights claims in U.S. courts. The human rights field is moving towards increasing use of courts. Justice Across Borders will prove to be a useful text for years to come."
--Julie Mertus, Professor of Human Rights and co-director, Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs Program, American University

"A compelling account of how a little-known statute from 1789 spawned a human rights revolution, and a nuanced analysis of the forces that have driven -- and opposed -- that transformation."
--David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, author of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror

"...extensive and anecdotal reports of the emotional responses of ATS plaintiffs and their lawyers, and of counsel for defendants as well, provides interesting historical context,..."
--Steven M. Schneebaum, The John Hopkins University, Human Rights & Human Welfare

"...an in-depth and fascinating examination of human rights litigation in American courts using the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) or Alien Tort Claims (ACTA)...a detailed, well-researched, carefully analyzed, and cogently argued book; it answers pivotal questions on how ATS has become a new tool in overcoming territorial limitations in pursuing international human rights violations very thoroughly and in a high readable and engaging manner...surely this book will make the reading list at several universities and draw the attention of those interested in human rights law and litigation."
--The Law and Politics Book Review, Srini Sitaraman, Government and International Relations, Clark University

Book Description

This book examines attempts by human rights groups to enforce human rights law in federal courts. It explains the separation of powers issues arising when victims sue the United States or when the United States intervenes to urge dismissal of a claim, and it analyzes the controversies arising from attempts to hold foreign nations, foreign officials, and corporations liable under international human rights law.
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