- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521756707
- ISBN-13: 978-0521756709
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Starting in the mid-1980s, the international human rights movement began focusing on attempts to hold high level officials accountable for atrocities. The results have been dramatic, exceeding what any of those involved in the accountability effort could have expected. As Ellen Lutz and Caitlin Reiger show us in Prosecuting Heads of State, some sixty-seven former heads of state or government have been prosecuted since 1990 for serious human rights or financial crimes. Their book is an essential addition to the literature on human rights with well informed, well written and probingly analytical essays on the most important cases and regional trends. It includes a wealth of information and insight that is unavailable elsewhere."
--Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Institute
"While high-profile prosecutions of former leaders-from Chile's Pinochet to Serbia's Milosevic and Sudan's al Bashir-by foreign or international courts have periodically made headline news, this book shows that a wider change is under way: No fewer than sixty-seven former leaders have been criminally charged since 1990, most before their own countries' courts. The contributing authors provide richly textured insights into key case studies, linking up domestic developments with global processes, while the editors round out the volume with an intellectually powerful overview. Prosecuting Heads of State will be an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand a remarkable turnabout in state practice."
--Diane F. Orentlicher, Professor of International Law, Washington College of Law, American University
"Until very recently, mass murdering political and military leaders were untouchable - amnesties and Swiss bank accounts were theirs for the taking. Now, and in increasing numbers, they are escorted to the dock of an International Criminal Court. Are their trials politically pre-judged, or are they getting their just desserts? The authors of this cool and correct study tell us the answer, in the most authoritative account so far of how the age of impunity is ending."
--Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty Street Chambers, London, Former Appeals Judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
"Prosecuting Heads of State serves as a timely and invaluable resource, chronicling the development of head-of-state accountability and providing insights that will prove useful in strategizing transitional justice."
Human Rights Brief, Kavita Kapur, Washington College of Law
"[An] impressive resource, distinguishing major trends in the trials and canvassing all sixty-seven prosecutions within the pages of one volume."
International Law and Politics, Caroline Burrell
This first-of-its-kind narrative examines the meteoric rise in criminal prosecution of former heads of state or government since 1990. It reveals the motivations, public dramas, and political intrigues that accompanied efforts to bring senior political leaders to justice for human rights and financial crimes; the circumstances that allowed these cases to proceed; and the impact they have had on transitions to peace and democracy.