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Collective Punishment and Human Rights Law

Addressing Gaps in International Law, 1st Edition

By Cornelia Klocker


232 pages

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Hardback: 9780367332709
pub: 2020-05-28
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This book analyses collective punishment in the context of human rights law. Collective punishment is a concept deriving from the law of armed conflict. It describes the punishment of a group for an act allegedly committed by one of its members and is prohibited in times of armed conflict. Although the imposition of collective punishment has been witnessed in situations outside armed conflict as well, human rights instruments do not explicitly address collective punishment. Consequently, there is a genuine gap in the protection of affected groups in situations outside of or short of armed conflict. Supported by two case studies on collective punishment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in Chechnya, the book examines potential options to close this gap in human rights law in a way contributing to the empowerment of affected groups. This analysis centres on the European Convention on Human Rights due to its relevance to the situation in Chechnya. By questioning whether human rights instruments can encompass a prohibition of collective punishment, the book contributes to the broader academic debate on rights held by collectivities in general and on collective human rights in particular.

The book will be of interest to students, academics and policy-makers in the areas of International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction;
  2. Collective punishment and the law of armed conflict;
  3. Case study: Collective punishment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories;
  4. Collective punishment and human rights law;
  5. Case study: Collective punishment in Chechnya;
  6. Conceptual differences and human rights held by groups;
  7. Can the European Convention on Human Rights encompass a prohibition of collective punishment?;
  8. Conclusion;

About the Author

Cornelia Klocker is a postdoctoral fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany and affiliated with the Chair for Public Law with Focus on International Law, University of Konstanz, Germany. She holds a Magistra iuris from the University of Salzburg, Austria, an LLM (International Law) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom and a PhD (Law) from Birkbeck College, United Kingdom.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / International
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Public
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights