War, Torture, Genocide and Terrorism Put On Trial. A Conversation with Piergiorgio Acquaviva
Experience has proven that no international treaty manages to
put a stop to war crimes because contemporary wars tend to be ruthless confrontations
between unequal enemies who revert to cruel savagery. Moreover, there is an
increasing use of forms of combat privatization (for example, via "contractors")
that elude the law. Human rights are often used as a means of exchange in order
to achieve other goals or attack one's foes. The conversation with Antonio Cassese
which is the object of this book is anti-rhetorical and practically oriented
and thus underscores the weakness of the law especially among those who are
most committed to its establishment. Amidst this bleak social and political
environment, this conversation plumbs the depths of human coexistence and emphasizes
the decisive role of international public opinion and civil society. Cassese
attempts to revive our awareness by recounting - through the memory of the eyes
as well as the generosity of the heart - the many encounters and clashes he
has experienced during his life as an international judge.
Antonio Cassese teaches International Law and
was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, president of European
Council Committee against Torture, the first president of the International
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the chairperson for the UN's International
Commission of Inquiry on Darfur; he is currently serving as president of the
Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Piergiorgio Acquaviva is a news editor and
Vatican expert for the QN-Quotidiano Nazionale network of daily newspapers (comprising
"Il Giorno", "Il Resto del Carlino", "La Nazione").