Victims Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Reconceiving the Role of Third Parties

By Jonathan Doak

In recent times, the idea of victims' rights has come to feature prominently in political, criminological, and legal discourse, as well as being subject to regular media comment. The concept nevertheless remains inherently elusive, and there is still considerable ambiguity as to the origin and substance of such rights. This monograph deconstructs the nature and scope of the rights of victims of crime against the backdrop of an emerging international consensus on how victims ought to be treated and the role they ought to play. The essence of such rights is ascertained not only by surveying the plethora of international standards which deal specifically with crime victims, but also by considering the potential cross-applicability of standards relating to victims of abuse of power, with whom they have much in common. In this book, author Jonathan Doak considers the parameters of a number of key rights which international standards suggest victims ought to be entitled to. He then proceeds to ask whether victims are able to rely upon such rights within a domestic criminal justice system characterised by structures, processes, and values which are inherently exclusionary, adversarial, and punitive in nature.

325 pages

Publication Date: 4/25/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781841136035