Globalization and Its Impact on the Future of Human Rights and International Criminal Justice

Edited by: M. Cherif Bassiouni

With globalization, state priorities concerning human rights and international criminal justice have subtly changed. This is particularly evident in the enhanced concerns of states with issues of national security, as they are perceived in so many different ways. At the same time, states' ability to govern and deliver public services are increasingly being challenged. Science and technology dominate the present state of globalization, having increased human interdependence and interconnectedness, but with paradoxical positive and negative effects and outcomes. They enhance the power and wealth of certain states while increasing the gap between those states and others. Social, economic, and political disparities have intensified. Internal state dysfunction is on the increase as evidenced by the number of failed and failing states among developing and under-developed societies. Globalization has also provided some states with a greater claim of exceptionalism. That claim is also extended to certain multi-national corporations and other non-state actors (NSAs) because of their wealth, worldwide activities, and their economic and political power. As a result, such entities have benefited from impunity, notwithstanding the harmful consequences of their conduct on human beings and on the environment. Environmental changes will continue to unleash harmful consequences on certain parts of the world, which will impact certain populations. As these and other negative consequences of globalization occur, the values and legal protections afforded to human rights, including an end to impunity for international crimes, is receding. This book examines the current impact of globalization on the future of human rights and international criminal justice. [Subject: International Law, Human Rights Law, Criminal Law]


Publication Date: 6/4/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780683300