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Human Rights, Victims and the Prosecution of Crime in the 21st Century
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Author
Sir Keir Starmer QC
Source
Criminal Law Review
Date
08 January 2015

Human Rights, Victims and the Prosecution of Crime in the 21st Century

This short article traces the development of victims rights in the last 15-20 years and seeks to demonstrate the importance of human rights law in shaping that development. My basic thesis is that victims rights present a fundamental challenge to the basic criminal justice model which has been in place in most common law countries for decades if not centuries; that key developments in victims rights would not have taken place without the positive approach of human rights law (comparing here to the negative freedoms approach of the common law); and that the readjustment of our criminal justice arrangements to accommodate victims rights, whilst well and truly under way, is far from complete. To develop this thesis, it is convenient to examine four aspects of our criminal justice arrangements which are of critical importance to victims. 

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