Philippe Kirsch and Mohamed S. Helal have written a new chapter, “Libya”, in a recent publication entitled “The United Nations Security Council in the Age of Human Rights,” edited by Jared Genser and Bruno Stagno Ugarte, from the Cambridge University Press, 2014. Written by leading practitioners, scholars and experts, this book provides both an overview and places a bright lens on the work of one of the most influential yet perhaps lesser known executive, judicial and legislative bodies on earth.
With the world in a constant state of flux, the UN Security Council has, at times, struggled to find its just place within a polarized system of multi-faceted conflicts. As the only UN body able to compel its members states to act, it has nevertheless known public failures in attempts to prevent mass atrocities in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and now in Syria. The reach and pull of the Security Council is, however, much broader than we otherwise would expect, and this book explores these difficult topics in a variety of ways. Chapters highlight the various ways in which the Council handles human rights concerns, conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacekeeping, the ways in which it addresses calls for justice, and provides an overall evaluation of the contributions the Security Council has made to the promotion of human rights and toward the achievements of its stated goals.