Source: (2003) In Carol A.L. Prager and Trudy Govier, Dilemmas of Reconciliation: Cases and Concepts. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Pp. 343-354.

In this paper I shall be addressing what we have learned over the past decade about human rights abused and the law. But before I get to what we have learned, I think it’s important to set the context and also to put the whole question into an appropriate perspective. There have obviously been tremendous developments in many fields of human endeavor, but I wish to address the field in which I’ve been involved for the past few years: international human rights and the field of international humanitarian law – what used to be called the law of war. I will address, in particular, the invasion of national sovereignty that has come about in the wake of international jurisdiction. (excerpt)