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International Human Rights

Philip Alston and Ryan Goodman

October 2012

ISBN: 9780199578726

1,632 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Price: £49.99

International Human Rights is the definitive guide to this diverse area of the law.

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International Human Rights is the definitive guide to this diverse area of the law. The carefully selected extracts from primary and secondary materials and illuminating author commentary provide the reader with a sophisticated and thought-provoking analysis of the study of human rights within its wider social and political context.

  • The authors are leading academics in the area of International Human Rights, providing the reader with an unparalleled level of authority and insight.
  • The lucid analysis of the key themes places the subject in its socio-political context and highlights the topics being debated today.
  • The carefully chosen diverse range of extracts from primary and secondary legislation, from case law and from academic writings lead the reader to the heart of the subject area.
  • Questions are posed throughout the book to encourage deeper reflection and critical enquiry.

New to this edition

  • Completely up-to-date, including substantially revised materials dealing with women's rights, economic and social rights, the UN human rights machinery, the International Criminal Court, the responsibility to protect, universal jurisdiction, and conflicts in culture and traditional practices.
  • Includes two new chapters, on fact-finding by international human rights organisations, and empirical research on the effectiveness of the international human rights regime.
  • New sections on key topics have been added throughout the book, including discussion of sexual orientation.

About the Author(s)

Philip Alston, New York University Law School, and Ryan Goodman, New York University Law School

Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law

Professor Ryan Goodman is Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law

Table of Contents

    PART A INTRODUCTORY NOTIONS AND BACKGROUND TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS REGIME
    1:Human rights Concepts and Discourse
    2:The Human Rights Regime: Background and Birth
    PART B NORMATIVE FOUNDATION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
    3:Civil and Political Rights
    4:Economic and Social Rights
    5:National Security, Terrorism and the Law of Armed Conflict
    PART C RIGHTS, DUTIES AND DILEMMAS OF UNIVERSALISM
    6:Rights or Duties as Organizing Concepts
    7:Conflict in Culture, Tradition and Practices: Challenges to Universalism
    PART D INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
    8:The United Nations Human Rights System
    9:Treaty Bodies: The ICCPR Human Rights Committee
    10:International Human Rights Fact-Finding
    11:Regional Arrangements
    PART E STATES AS PROTECTORS AND ENFORCERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    12:Vertical Interpenetration: International Human Rights Law Within States' Legal and Political Orders
    13:Horizontal Interpenetration: Transnational Influence and Enforcement of Human Rights
    14:Measuring and Evaluating Human Rights Performance
    PART F CURRENT TOPICS
    15:Massive Human Rights Tragedies: Prosecutions and Truth Commissions
    16:Non-State Actors and Human Rights
    17:Human Rights, Development and Climate Change

Reviews

"The most stimulating book that I know of in the field of human rights." - Georges Abi-Saab, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

"...it is clearly and accessibly written and provides an excellent balance between commentary and analysis." - The Student Law Journal

"... imaginative and stimulating materials with thought-provoking commentary... a wonderful teaching tool, as well as a valuable starting point for research." - Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University

Additional Resources

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