About this book
This book contains a systematic assessment of the content and scope of obligations
to prevent gross human rights violations. There has been a great deal of attention for
concepts aiming to prevent gross human rights violations, such as conflict prevention
and the responsibility to protect. Yet despite this shift in attention towards prevention,
it has remained unclear what legal obligations states have to prevent gross human rights
violations under international human rights law.
The focus in this book is on three specific types of injury prohibited under international
human rights law: torture, arbitrary death and genocide. Further distinctions are made
between four temporal phases (long-term prevention, short-term prevention, preventing
continuation, preventing recurrence) and territorial and extraterritorial obligations.
The structure of the book allows academics and practitioners to learn about obligations
to prevent gross human rights violations in a general sense, as well as find targeted
information on the content and scope of obligations in specific settings.
Nienke van der Have recently completed her Ph.D. at the Amsterdam Center for
International Law, which forms part of the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty
of Law, and currently works as Senior legal specialist at the department of
Constitutional Affairs and Legislation of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom
Relations of The Netherlands.
Obligations to Prevent Violations Gross Human Rights Violations Prevention of Torture Prevention of Arbitrary Death Prevention of Genocide Extraterritorial, Territorial and Universal Obligations Long-term and Short-term Prevention Preventing Recurrence Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Effective Control