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The Justice Cascade

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University are proud to announce Kathryn Sikkink's new book The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics (Norton, 2011) as the winner of the 2011 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.

Judges for this year's competition called the work "compelling" and "eye-opening," recognizing it for making an important contribution to the field of human rights and accountability. The award will be presented later this fall.

The Justice Cascade opens with a look at the author's own experience living in Uruguay during the brutal military dictatorship of the 1970s, when few could imagine the government ever being held accountable for its crimes. Weaving together personal experience, quantitative analysis, and case studies from Latin America, Europe, and Africa, the author examines the development of the practice--and the very idea--of prosecuting state officials for human rights violations.