Crimes against humanity are amongst the most shocking violations imaginable. Savelsberg's text provides a much-needed criminological insight to the topic, exploring explanations of and responses to human rights abuses. Linking human rights scholarship with criminological theory, the book is divided into three parts:
Part 1: Examines the legal and historical approach to the topic within a criminological framework
Part 2: Unpicks the aetiology of human rights offending with real and detailed case studies
Part 3: Explores institutional responses to crimes and uses criminological theory to offer solutions.
Seminal yet concise, Crime and Human Rights is written for advanced students, postgraduates and scholars of crime, crime control and human rights. With its fresh and original approach to a complex topic, the book's appeal will span across disciplines from politics and sociology to development studies, law, and philosophy.
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Joachim J. Savelsberg is a Professor of Sociology and Law and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair at the University of Minnesota. Recent writings address issues of law regarding hate, genocide and atrocities, especially their public representations and collective memories. They include Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur (University of California Press, 2015), Representing Human Rights Violations in Darfur: Global Justice, National Distinctions (with Hollie Nyseth Brehm; American Journal of Sociology [AJS] 2015); American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (with Ryan D. King; Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2011); Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities (Sage, 2010); Law and Collective Memory (with King; Annual Review of Law & Social Science 2007); and Institutionalizing Collective Memories of Hate: Law and Law Enforcement in Germany and the United States (with King; American Journal of Sociology [AJS] 2005). Savelsberg is an ASC Fellow and recipient of the Freda Adler Scholarship Award. He held fellowships and Visiting Professorships at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, the universities of Graz, Munich, and Humboldt (Berlin), the Kaete Hamburger Center "Law as Culture" (Bonn) and the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio. Savelsberg is the outgoing co-editor of the Law & Society Review, 2014-16), a past chair of the ASA Section for Sociology of Law and SSSP Theory Division, and current chair of the ASA Section on Human Rights.
Introduction How Have Governments Responded to Atrocities and Human Rights Violations? PART ONE: ARE THERE TRENDS IN CONTROLLING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS? When Are Atrocities Crimes? How and Why Have States and Governments Been Constrained? PART TWO: WHAT CAN CRIMINOLOGY CONTRIBUTE TO (AND LEARN FROM)THE STUDY OF SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS? Introduction How Does Genocide Unfold? The Case of the Holocaust Can Genocide Studies and Criminology Enrich Each Other? How Can Criminology Address Contemporary Atrocities? PART THREE: HOW CAN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BE FOUGHT? What Is the Role of Criminal Courts? How Effective Can Courts Be and What Can Help Them?