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Prosecuting Heads of State

Edited by: Ellen Lutz, Caitlin Reiger

ISBN13: 9780521756709
Published: May 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.99

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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

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