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From international tribunals, to ground-breaking suits against polluting multinational corporations, to the precedent-setting case against General Augusto Pinochet of Chile, litigation is fundamental to building international justice and is becoming an increasingly attractive tool for human rights movements throughout the world. But when is human rights litigation worthwhile from the perspective of those whose human rights have been abused? Are the values and interests of those whose rights have been violated adequately represented? Are their grievances ultimately heard and addressed? The Human Rights Initiative examines the local impact of human rights litigation: does it help affected communities to mobilize or increase awareness of human rights? Or, does the litigation process give rise to community factionalization and co-optation by outside interests? What can be done to achieve better social justice outcomes? The Initiative speaks with renowned scholars, local activists, and plaintiffs in human rights cases.
- Introduction: Human Rights Litigation: Promise v. Perils
- Representation in Human Rights Litigation
- The Story from the Oil Patch: The Under-Represented in Aguinda v. Texaco
- Waiting for Justice in the Marcos Litigation
- An Incomplete Victory at Ok Tedi
- What Does "International Justice" Look Like in Post-Genocide Rwanda?
- The Meaning of a Legal Victory in the Ecuadorian Amazon
- Big Oil in Louisiana and a Community's Bottom Line
- Resisting Litigation in Umm El-Fahem
- Caught in the Claws of the Rich: The Struggle of the Mapalad Farmers