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International Organizations and the Fight for Accountability: The Remedies and Reparations Gap
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International Organizations and the Fight for Accountability: The Remedies and Reparations Gap (Hardback)

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Increasingly, international organizations take on State- or quasi- State-like functions in which they exercise control over individuals and societies, particularly in contexts of conflict and transition. These all increase the risks that their conduct may infringe human rights and international humanitarian law. International organizations' engagement in peace operations has progressively widened, with mandates now regularly including the protection of civilian populations and in several new operations containing peace enforcement responsibilities with active combat duties. The book assesses whether and if so how human rights and international humanitarian law principles relating to accountability and reparation apply to international organizations. When considering whether international organizations are obliged to afford reparation and to whom it is owed and what it entails, one is confronted with how the law of responsibility intersects with the specialised regimes of human rights and international humanitarian law and particularly, their application to individuals.

The rationales for organizational immunities and other limits on international organizations' responsibilities were conceived to ensure their independence from State influences and their capacity to engage in often difficult circumstances. Many, if not all of these rationales remain relevant today.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsLawInternational lawPublic international lawInternational human rights lawLawInternational lawPublic international lawInternational organisations & institutions Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 27/07/2017 ISBN-13: 9780198808442  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Carla Ferstman is the Director of REDRESS, a human rights organization which pursues justice for survivors of torture and related international crimes. She joined in 2001 as Legal Director and became Director in 2004. Dr Ferstman was called to the Bar in British Columbia, Canada in 1994 where she practiced as a criminal law barrister. She has also worked with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda, with Amnesty International's International Secretariat and as Executive Legal Advisor to Bosnia and Herzegovina's Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees. She was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace in 2012/13 and has also been a visiting professional with Australian National University. She obtained an LLB from the University of British Columbia, an LLM from New York University and DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has published and is a regular commentator on victims' rights, human rights and international law.

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