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Introduction

  • Moira Lynch
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Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)

Abstract

This chapter poses the central research question of the book: what conditions shape the variable patterns of human rights prosecutions in democracies at war? The chapter evaluates relevant scholarship and it discusses the universe of cases, the book’s argument, data, and methodology and implications of the book’s findings. The book argues that human rights prosecutions in democracies at war were shaped by the extent to which agents of change, including citizens, human rights NGOs, and political actors, were able to challenge, alter, or eliminate the logic of impunity embedded in emergency and anti-terrorism laws. Challenges to these laws were possible through independent oversight of executive emergency powers, judicial review of emergency laws, judicial independence, and access to regional human rights courts.

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  • Moira Lynch
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceLoyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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