Awarded with the Max Van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2008
This book represents the first effort in assessing the role and contribution of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in interpreting and developing rules and principles of international human rights and humanitarian law.
It has been no easy or straightforward task. First, the book addresses the Court’s possibilities and limitations in the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law. Second, in exposing the contribution of the Court the book provides a detailed analysis of relevant case law stretching from its establishment in 1946 to the end of 2007. It should be noted that through its case law the Court has managed to wed international law to humanitarian demands for protection and respect for individual human rights, human life, and human dignity. The third component of this book is the inquiry into the relationship between the ICJ and specialised international human rights and humanitarian law courts and tribunals and international quasi-judicial bodies. Finally, the author offers a number of conclusions and recommendations aimed at enhancing the possible role and impact of the ICJ in the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law and improving the international legal system concerned with the promotion and the protection of human rights.
About this book:
‘The balanced structure of the study as far as the reproduction of facts is concerned, together with the personal views and comments of the writer makes reading a must as well for scholars as for practitioners in international law. The timing of its publication is also well chosen.’
Adriaan Bos in the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 2009 (655).
Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 1)
Chapter 2. The International Court of Justice: Possibilities and Limitations in the Fields of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (p. 17)
Chapter 3. ICJ’s Contribution to the Interpretation and Development of International Human Rights Law Rules and Principles (p. 65)
Chapter 4. ICJ’s Contribution to the Interpretation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Rules and Principles (p. 259)
Chapter 5. The ICJ, other International Courts and Tribunals, and Quasi-Judicial Bodies: Understanding the Pieces of a Puzzle (p. 343)
Chapter 6. Conclusions and Recommendations (p. 431)
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Editorial Board of the Series: Prof. dr. J.E. Goldschmidt (Utrecht University), Prof. dr. D.A. Hellema (Utrecht University), Prof. dr. W.J.M. van Genugten (Tilburg University), Prof. dr. F. Coomans (Maastricht University), Prof. dr. P.A.M. Mevis (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Dr.J.-P. Loof (Leiden University) and Dr. O.M. Ribbelink (Asser Institute).
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