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Non-Governmental Organizations And The International Criminal Court: Changing Landscapes Of International Law, Zoe Pearson Jan 2006

Non-Governmental Organizations And The International Criminal Court: Changing Landscapes Of International Law, Zoe Pearson

Cornell International Law Journal

An exploration of claims that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) influence the formation of international law focuses on NGO participation in the multilateral negotiations to form the International Criminal Court. It is shown that, although NGO's can contribute to international lawmaking processes, their participation remains ad hoc, contingent, & characterized by conflicting viewpoints. However, existing international lawmaking is attempting to accommodate the diversity of global civil society actors even though deeply entrenched traditional constructions of international law tend to limit their involvement. Adapted from the source document.


Living On The Past: The Role Of Truth Commissions In Post-Conflict Societies And The Case Study Of Northern Ireland, Christopher K. Connolly Jan 2006

Living On The Past: The Role Of Truth Commissions In Post-Conflict Societies And The Case Study Of Northern Ireland, Christopher K. Connolly

Cornell International Law Journal

Examines the possibility of applying the truth commission model in Northern Ireland where the past plays a significant role in shaping daily lives & worldviews. A review of the theory & practice of truth commissions is followed by a description of Northern Ireland's long & complex conflicts that point to the need for some form of truth-seeking. Attention is given to the difficulties such a process would face. Three recent truth-seeking initiatives are critiqued: the Northern Ireland Victims' Commissioner; the Bloody Sunday Inquiry; & a series of decisions by the European Court of Human Rights. A framework is presented for the basic shape of a future truth commission in Northern Ireland in light of its particular historical & political situation. Limitations & benefits of the truth commission model are pointed out for both its implementation in Northern Ireland & other post-conflict societies. It is concluded that a truth commission in Northern Ireland offers hope of allowing the past to help ...