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Trying Saddam and other dictators: the limits of justice

Speaker: Kirsten Sellars
Chair: Dr Ivan Manokha
February 2006

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Abstract

The trial of Saddam has been billed as the new, democratic Iraq's final settling of accounts with the old, autocratic Iraq. But it raises issues that date back to earlier tribunals dealing with major crimes, from Nuremberg to Arusha. All have begged the questions: can they deliver justice and do they promote reconciliation?

Kirsten Sellars is a writer specialising in international affairs. Her book The Rise and Rise of Human Rights investigates the emergence of the modern human rights movement. A new book on the United Nations is forthcoming. She has also written for The Times, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New Statesman and Spectator.

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