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Prosecuting Heads of State

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Ellen L. Lutz, Naomi Roht Arriaza, Ronald Gamarra, Abby Wood, Paul Lewis, Lars Waldorf, Emir Suljagic, Abdul Tejan Cole, Miranda Sissons, Marieke Wierda, Caitlin Reiger
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  • Date Published: May 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511530296

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  • Since 1990, 65 former heads of state or government have been legitimately prosecuted for serious human rights or financial crimes. Many of these leaders were brought to trial in reasonably free and fair judicial processes, and some served time in prison as a result. This book explores the reasons for the meteoric rise in trials of senior leaders and the motivations, public dramas, and intrigues that accompanied efforts to bring them to justice. Drawing on an analysis of the 65 cases, the book examines the emergence of regional trends in Europe and Latin America and contains case studies of high-profile trials of former government leaders: Augusto Pinochet (Chile), Alberto Fujimori (Peru), Slobodan Milosevic (former Yugoslavia), Charles Taylor (Liberia and Sierra Leone), and Saddam Hussein (Iraq) – studies written by experts who closely followed their cases and their impacts on wider societies. This is the only book that examines the rise in the number of domestic and international trials globally and tells the tales in readable prose and with fascinating details.

    • Covers some of the best known trials of heads of state or government
    • Breaks new ground by discussing why states are increasingly willing to try their former leaders for human rights offences and financial crimes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… Lutz and Reiger have put together a rich and compelling examination of a topic whose importance will continue to grow, particularly as countries in North Africa are in the midst of democratic revolutions in which former dictators are being toppled and the word 'justice' is on everyone's minds.' Alison Smith, International Journal of Transitional Justice

    'Prosecuting Heads of State is an excellent contribution to the literature covering international criminal justice. For those that have been following this topic, it also brings some fresh air by underlining the successes of international criminal justice after years of impunity.' Vincent Roobaert, Assistant Legal Adviser, NC3A

    '… a solid analysis and a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners alike … looks beyond trial transcripts and official records to the impact that international justice institutions have had or should have, providing scholars, practitioners and the public with analyses that stand in contrast to the uncritical support often seen elsewhere.' International Journal of Transitional Justice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511530296
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Prosecutions of heads of state in Europe Ellen L. Lutz
    3. Prosecutions of heads of state in Latin America Naomi Roht-Arriaza
    4. The multiple prosecutions of Augusto Pinochet Naomi Roht-Arriaza
    5. A leader takes flight: the indictment of Alberto Fujimori Ronald Gamarra
    6. Charm and punishment: how Joseph Estrada, the Philippines' leading man, became its most famous prisoner Abby Wood
    7. Shifting legitimacy: the trials of Frederick Chiluba Paul Lewis
    8. A justice 'trickle-down': Rwanda's first post-genocide president on trial Lars Waldorf
    9. Justice squandered? The trial of Slobodan Milošević Emir Suljagic
    10. A big man in a small cell: Charles Taylor and the special court for Sierra Leone Abdul Tejan Cole
    11. Political pedagogy, Baghdad style: the Dujail trial of Saddam Hussein Miranda Sissons and Marieke Wierda
    12. Conclusion Ellen L. Lutz and Caitlin Reiger.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Corruption
    • Human Rights
    • Human Rights & Social Justice
    • Human Rights and Political Violence
    • Human Rights and Wrongs
    • International Human Rights
    • Justice truth and reconciliation in post-conflict societies
    • Justice, Truth, and Reconciliation in Post-conflict Societies
    • Law and Post Conflict Reconstruction
    • Peace and War: Peacebuilding
    • Philosophy of Law
    • Politics and Society
    • State and Society in Latin America
  • Editors

    Ellen L. Lutz
    Ellen L. Lutz is the Executive Director of Cultural Survival, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She previously directed the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and taught international human rights law, international criminal law, and other international law subjects at Tufts University's Fletcher School. From 1989 to 1994, she served as the California Director for Human Rights Watch and as HRW's principal researcher on Mexico. She has written widely on human rights and conflict resolution, international and transnational accountability for human rights violations, indigenous rights, and human rights in Latin America. Lutz received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1985) and her M.A. in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College (1978).

    Caitlin Reiger, International Center for Transitional Justice, New York
    Caitlin Reiger, a recognized expert on international prosecutions, is Deputy Director of the Prosecutions Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice. From 2003 to 2005 she was the chamber's senior legal advisor to the judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In 2001 she co-founded and served as legal research coordinator of the Judicial System Monitoring Program in East Timor and later appeared as defense counsel before East Timor's Special Panels for Serious Crimes. Reiger has provided extensive policy advice and comparative research on national-international tribunals for serious human rights violations. Reiger manages ICTJ's Cambodia program and formerly managed the ICTJ's former Yugoslavia program. She received a BA in history and an LLB from the University of Melbourne (1996), and an LLM (in international law/human rights) from the London School of Economics (2003).


    Ellen L. Lutz, Naomi Roht Arriaza, Ronald Gamarra, Abby Wood, Paul Lewis, Lars Waldorf, Emir Suljagic, Abdul Tejan Cole, Miranda Sissons, Marieke Wierda, Caitlin Reiger

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