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Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System

1st Edition

By Anthony Amatrudo, Leslie William Blake


176 pages

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We now live in a world which thinks through the legislative implications of criminal justice with one eye on human rights. Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System provides comprehensive coverage of human rights as it relates to the contemporary criminal justice system. As well as being a significant aspect of international governance and global justice, Amatrudo and Blake argue here that human rights have also eclipsed the rhetoric of religion in contemporary moral discussion. This book explores topics such as terrorism, race, and the rights of prisoners, as well as existing legal structures, court practices, and the developing literature in Criminology, Law and Political Science, in order to critically review the relationship between the developing body of human rights theory and practice, and the criminal justice system.

This book will be of considerable interest to those with academic concerns in this area; as well as providing an accessible, yet sophisticated, resource for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate human rights courses.


"The background to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is well documented in Chapter 2 and the following chapter deals with human rights in the British and European context in a lucid and elegant way. In all the legal chapters, the relevant case law is analyzed very competently. The differences between Scots and English law are clearly explained as are comparisons with other common law jurisdictions, including the United States. The relationship between the common law and international human rights instruments is examined as is the importance of justiciable rights originally enshrined in the US Bill of Rights." - John Pointing, Barrister and London South Bank University, Oxford University Press Journals, British Journal of Criminology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, Chapter 1: Human Rights and Contemporary Criminology, Chapter 2: European Convention on Human Rights and Contemporary Human Rights Theory, Chapter 3: Human Rights in British and European Law, Chapter 4: Recent Court Cases and their Principles, Chapter 5: Race and Gender Issues and Human Rights, Chapter 6: Victims, Victimology and Human Rights, Chapter 7: Terrorism: Terror and its implications for human rights, Chapter 8: The Problems of a Globalised World: Transnational Criminal Justice Issues, Chapter 9: The Rights of Prisoners, Chapter 10: Conclusion, Index

About the Authors

Anthony Amatrudo is currently Reader in Criminology at Middlesex University and a Visiting Fellow at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto in 2012- 2013.

Leslie Blake is a lecturer in Law at the School of Law of the University of Surrey and a member of the Committee of Islington Legal Advice Centre, London. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1972.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Criminal Law / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology