The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Human Rights in Accountability Processes: A Look at Ad Hoc Hybrid Criminal Courts

Human Rights in Accountability Processes: A Look at Ad Hoc Hybrid Criminal Courts

Human rights in accountability processes: A look at ad hoc hybrid criminal courts
BrianneMcGonigle Leyh


Following periods of conflict and atrocity, issues of accountability inevitably arise. To address accountability, one of the most popular methods is the criminal justice process. Arguably, a modern criminal justice process reinforces the notion of a society based on the rule of law, and it is premised on the idea of an official investigation, public prosecution, and state-administered punishment (Strang, 2002: 4–5). In theory, the state institution acts both in the name of the individual victim and the entire community.

Domestic criminal courts play the predominant role in investigating, prosecuting and punishing individual suspects; however, domestic systems, especially those emerging ...

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