International Justice in the United Nations General Assembly


International Justice in the United Nations General Assembly

9781788119375 Edward Elgar Publishing
Michael Ramsden, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Publication Date: July 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 937 5 Extent: c 224 pp
International Justice in the United Nations General Assembly probes the role that the UN’s plenary body has played in developing international criminal law and addressing country-specific impunity gaps. It covers the General Assembly’s norm-making capabilities, its judicial and investigatory functions, and the legal effect of its recommendations. With talk of a ‘new Cold War’ and growing levels of plenary activism in the face of Security Council deadlock, this book will make for timely and essential reading for all in the field of international criminal justice.

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Through the lens of five institutional functions – quasi-legislative, quasi-judicial, recommendatory, empowering and sanctioning – this important book assesses the practice and legal foundations of the United Nations General Assembly in advancing international justice, an increasing priority of the international community.

Challenging the assumption that the General Assembly is merely a weak deliberative assembly, Michael Ramsden shows that its pioneering resolutions on international justice have become an invaluable tool in the fight against impunity. As concerns remain over the aptness of international institutions in responding to atrocities, particularly the Security Council, this book establishes the legal foundation for the General Assembly to step into the breach. Chapters also offer innovative arguments on the General Assembly’s institutional powers to end impunity as well as a detailed examination on the influence of General Assembly resolutions in judicial decision-making.

International Justice in the United Nations General Assembly will be a key resource for scholars and students in the fields of international law and international institutional law, as well as UN and international institutional practitioners who are involved in policy development.

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