Playing Hide and Seek with ‘Vergangenheit, Die Nicht Vergehenwill’ (‘A Past that Will Not Pass’) in the History of International Law
I. Ziemele and G. Ulrich (eds) How International Law Works in Times of Crisis (ESIL Series, Vol. 2., Oxford University Press, 2019, Forthcoming)
14 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 14, 2018
The first part of the chapter reviews the enactment of the Spanish Historical Memory Act (HMA) and examines three of its most polemical areas of implementation in the light of the concerns several United Nations human rights bodies charged with overseeing the conflictual politics of historical memory in Spain have raised. The second part of the chapter builds on Spanish experience in examining some of the most common hurdles, including methodological ones, that an incoming democratic generation of international lawyers may face when attempting a balanced exploration of the history of international law after a long period of authoritarian rule in their home country.
Keywords: historical memory, Spain, international law, UN human rights bodies
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