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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, March 1, 2021

Holder et al. on Crime Victims' Rights

Robyn HolderTyrone Kirchengast and Paul G. Cassell (Griffith Criminology Institute, The University of Sydney Law School and University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law) have posted Transforming Crime Victims’ Rights: from Myth to Reality (International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Volume 45, 2021) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Rights for crime victims have been decried as myths; entitlements that have little enforceability. At the same time, they have been criticised as undermining the legal rights of the accused person. In this Guest Editors Introduction to the Special Issue, Making Rights Real, we suggest that victims’ rights are in transition. Rights may be set out in legal instrument but, we argue, it is through the practices of people in their myriad settings that are part of that shift to realising rights in action. We describe a range of ways in which we see victims’ rights being realised in different parts of the world and develop a human rights framework for the rights of crime victims to further shape the transition.

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