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Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights, Humanitarian and Criminal Law

Book | 1st edition 2018 | World | Paul De Hert, Stefaan Smis, Mathias Holvoet

Although rooted in a similar ideal, human rights (IHRL), international criminal law (ICL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) are separate fields of law, best represented as circles, each of which overlaps with the other two. However human rights often seems to absorb the other two, while in other situations, the lines between human rights law and its next door neighbours are blurred or contested.

This volume consists of three main parts. The first main part explores the convergences and divergences between IHL and/or IHRL on the one hand, and ICL stricto sensu on the other hand. The second part investigates the convergences and divergences between IHRL and transnational crimes, or ICL in the broader sense, which suppresses crimes such as drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings and corruption through international treaties providing for domestic enforcement. The last main part of this volume provides the reader with novel and original insights as to how IHRL and IHL converge and diverge by considering if and how the norms of other branches of international law come into play and how the European Court of Human Rights has engaged with the sometimes contradicting norms of IHL. It furthermore analyses the relationship between the specific IHL and IHRL norms which prohibit arbitrary displacement and maps their interaction. Finally, the effectiveness of States’ investigations of war crimes committed by their armed forces is evaluated by emphasising attention to the relevant standards developed within IHRL, since IHL does not indicate specific criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of an investigation.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780686400 / 9781780687070
Series name Supranational Criminal Law: Capita Selecta
Weight 510 g
Status Available
Number of pages xvi + 298 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jun 28, 2018
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  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
    Paul De Hert, Stefaan Smis, Mathias Holvoet
  • Part I. Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law Stricto Sensu
  • Catalytic, Gap-Filling or Retardant Effects of ICL on HRL: Quid Juris
    Patricia Pinto Soares, Gerhard Kreutzer
  • Use of Human Rights in International Criminal Law: Influence or Appearances of Legitimacy?
    Damien Scalia
  • The Future of the International Criminal Court: A Non-Human Rights Body?
    Marina Aksenova
  • Part II. Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights Law and Transnational Criminal Law
  • Strengthening Action to End Forced Labour: The ILO Forced Labour Protocol and States' Positive Human Rights Obligations
    Amy Weatherburn
  • The International Law of Human Trafficking: At the Forefront of the Convergence between Transnational Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law?
    Valentina Milano
  • International Security and Financial Stability: Resolving Norm Conflicts Between Anti-Corruption and Individual Rights
    Mirja Ciesiolka
  • Part III. Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law
  • 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times': A Tale of Detention in Time of Emergency
    Federica Favuzza
  • The European Court of Human Rights' Approach to Armed Conflict and Humanitarian Law: Ivory Tower or Pas De Deux?
    Cedric De Koker
  • Prohibitions on Arbitrary Displacement in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights: A Time and a Place for Everything
    Deborah Casalin
  • Investigations in Armed Conflict: Understanding the Interaction Between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law
    Vito Todeschini
  • Conclusion
    Paul De Hert, Stefaan Smis, Mathias Holvoet