Publications

In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.


2009 | Action Number: A28

A Responsibility to Assist

This report, written as part orf a wider review of human rights in EU foreign policy, describes and assesses the current decision-making structures and procedures for EU military, police and civilian crisis management mission throughout the world. The main aim of the report is not to provide a detailed analysis of the success or failure of particular missions, but is to describe the often complex and confusing structures developed over the past decade and to assess the past, present and future of the EU's responsibility to intervene in international crises.

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2009 | Action Number: A28

Indicators and Monitoring Systems in External Policy-Making of the EU

  • Pages: 178
  • Author(s): J. Kozma, M. Nowak and R. Smith
  • Publisher(s): NWV
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-7083-0593-6

Inspired by the establishment of an EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) held its conference in Vienna in 2006. The conference took place in the framework of the EU COST programme "Human Rights, Peace and Security in EU Foreign Policy". Numerous international human rights experts participated and discussions centered on the FRA's mandate and its role in EU external policy-making, as well as the utility of indicators in the monitoring of compliance with human rights obligations. This book comprises selected contributions to the conference. Main topics include a critical analysis of the FRA's aims and tasks, as well as its relationship with the Council of Europe's human rights system; challenges to human rights related data collection and the development of an effective EU-wide monitoring system; national human rights action plans and the use of indicators for the improvement of external human rights policy; the importance of a common understanding of human rights for effective human rights protection in peace operations; and the influence of the masss media on the participation of EU countries in peace operations.

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2009 | Action Number: A28

The Effectiveness of International Criminal Justice

This edited voume ascertains the added value of international criminal tribunals in fighting impunity for crimes against international law and fostering political reconciliation in affected States. It aims to identify best practices which may inform the choice between the establishment of international criminal tribunals and recourse to other mechanisms, and which may render existing or future tribunals more effective institutions. The first part analyzes how such tribunals, if the international community decides to establish them, could be effective institutions. The second part of the volume contrasts international criminal justice with other judicial or policial mechanisms aimed at dispensing justice or reconciling communities.

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2007 | Action Number: A28

Casting the Net Wider: Human Rights, Development and New Duty-Bearers

  • Pages: 462
  • Author(s): M. E. Salomon, A. Torstensen and W. Vandenhole
  • Publisher(s): Intersentia
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-90-5095-718-2

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