The victim and the criminal process: an analysis of recent trends in regional and international tribunals

Author(s) Doak, Jonathan
Title The victim and the criminal process: an analysis of recent trends in regional and international tribunals
Source Legal Studies, Vol 23 (1), 2003, pp 1-32
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Coverage International
Summary This paper examines the recent trends in regional and international tribunals that relate to the position of the victim in the criminal process. The author analyses a number of international victim sensitive standards including the UN Declaration of Basic Principles for Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, and the Vienna Declaration on Crime and Justice. The Council of Europe has also been active in successfully integrating a victim agenda into criminal justice standards, including the anonymity of witnesses under special circumstances. The paper outlines areas for future developments, in particular in the areas of victim compensation and sentencing. The international recognition of victims' rights as human rights is seen as a considerable advancement for crime victims as well as victimology and human rights discourse.
Keywords Victims rights; human rights; role; European Court of Human Rights
Topic Victims rights