Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice

Transnational Human Rights Litigation

Challenging the Death Penalty and Criminalization of Homosexuality in the Commonwealth

Authors: Novak, Andrew

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  • Analyzes the role of strategic human rights litigation in the dissemination and migration of transnational constitutional norms
  • Provides a detailed analysis of how transnational human rights advocates have used international and foreign law to promote abolition of the death penalty, restriction of life imprisonment, and decriminalization of homosexuality
  • Confirms the mutually reinforcing relationship between domestic and international law, including the role of legal advocates as the instrumental drivers of this process
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This book analyzes the role of strategic human rights litigation in the dissemination and migration of transnational constitutional norms and provides a detailed analysis of how transnational human rights advocates and their local partners have used international and foreign law to promote abolition of the death penalty and decriminalization of homosexuality.

The “sharing” of human rights jurisprudence among judges across legal systems is currently spreading emerging norms among domestic courts and contributing to the evolution of international law. While prior studies have focused on international and foreign citations in judicial decisions, this global migration of constitutional norms is driven not by judges but by legal advocates themselves, who cite and apply international and foreign law in their pleadings in pursuit of a specific human rights agenda. Local and transnational legal advocates form partnerships and networks that transmit legal strategy and comparative doctrine, taking advantage of similarities in postcolonial legal and constitutional frameworks.

Using examples such as the abolition of the death penalty and decriminalization of same-sex relations, this book traces the transnational networks of human rights lawyers and advocacy groups who engage in constitutional litigation before domestic and supranational tribunals in order to embed international human rights norms in local contexts. In turn, domestic human rights litigation influences the evolution of international law to reflect state practice in a mutually reinforcing process. Accordingly, international and foreign legal citations offer transnational human rights advocates powerful tools for legal reform.


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Andrew Novak is Assistant Professor in Criminology Law and Society at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. He has a PhD from Middlesex University School of Law, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transnational Human Rights Litigation
Book Subtitle
Challenging the Death Penalty and Criminalization of Homosexuality in the Commonwealth
Authors
Series Title
Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice
Series Volume
75
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28546-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28546-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28545-6
Series ISSN
1534-6781
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 182
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