There is much debate about the scope of international law, its compatibility with individual state practice, its enforceability and the recent and limited degree to which it is institutionalized.

This collection of essays seeks to address the issue of access to justice, the related element of domestic rule of law which does not yet figure significantly in debates about international rule of law. Even in cases in which laws are passed, institutions are present and key players are ethically committed to the rule of law, those whom the laws are intended to protect may be unable to secure protection. This is an issue in most domestic jurisdictions but also one which poses severe problems for international justice worldwide.

The book will be of interest to academics and practitioners of international law, environmental law, transitional justice, international development, human rights, ethics, international relations and political theory.

chapter |18 pages

Walking the talk

Human rights, access to justice and the fight against poverty

chapter |12 pages

Access to international justice

The role of the International Criminal Court in aiding national prosecutions of international crimes

chapter |24 pages

Drone strikes and human rights

Balancing national security, individual rights and international justice

chapter |14 pages

Access to international justice

Law and practice of the European Court of Human Rights

chapter |17 pages

Access to justice for victims of the use of force in international affairs

Individual civil responsibility for aggression

chapter |20 pages

Access to justice before international criminal tribunals

An evaluation of the scheme of victim participation adopted by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

chapter |30 pages

‘Visions of a distant millennium'? 1

The effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Petition System

chapter |14 pages

Nuclear power and human security

Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident