Torture as Tort

Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation

Edited by: Craig Scott

The controversial nature of seeking globalized justice through national courts has become starkly apparent in the wake of the Pinochet case in which the Spanish legal system sought to bring to account under international criminal law the former President of Chile, for violations in Chile of human rights of non-Spaniards. Some have reacted to the involvement of Spanish and British judges in sanctioning a former head of state as nothing more than legal imperialism while others have termed it positive globalization. While the international legal and associated statutory bases for such criminal prosecutions are firm, the same cannot be said of the enterprise of imposing civil liability for the same human-rights-violating conduct that gives rise to criminal responsibility. In this work, leading scholars from around the world address the host of complex issues raised by transnational human rights litigation. The book's doctrinal coverage and analytical inquiries will be extremely relevant to the world of transnational legal practice beyond the specific question of human rights litigation.


500 pages

Publication Date: 5/1/2001
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781841130606


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