We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

International Human Rights Law

Tenth Edition

Rhona K. M. Smith

December 2021

ISBN: 9780192845382

528 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

The only introductory, straightforward textbook on international human rights law: broad in scope, concise in approach



International Human Rights Law provides a concise, wide-ranging introduction for students new to the subject.

  • Written with newcomers in mind, the book's concise and direct approach enables students with no legal background to develop a good understanding of the subject
  • Provides clear and broad coverage of the primary systems of human rights protection and the key substantive rights
  • Accompanied by online resources which contain links to the full cases referenced at the end of each chapter as well as a list of annotated web links to aid further study
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on the right to an adequate standard of living
  • A new chapter on the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Coverage of sub-regional organisations in the Americas including MERCOSUR, CARICOM and the Caribbean Court of Justice

About the Author(s)

Rhona K. M. Smith, Professor of International Human Rights, Newcastle University

Rhona Smith is Professor of International Human Rights at Newcastle University Law School in the UK. She has previously worked on human rights education and capacity building in many countries and systems.

Table of Contents

    2:Historical background
    3:The United Nations
    4:The International Bill of Human Rights
    5:Regional protection of human rights
    7:The Americas
    9:Monitoring, implementing, and enforcing human rights
    10:Substantive rights - general comments
    11:Equality and non-discrimination
    12:Rights for specific vulnerable persons
    13:The right to life
    14:The right to liberty of person
    15:Equality before the law - the right to a fair trial
    16:The right to an adequate standard of living
    17:Freedom from torture; cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment
    18:The right to self-determination
    19:Indigenous peoples' and minority rights
    20:Freedom of expression
    21:The right to education and human rights education
    22:Sustainable development and human rights
    23:Human rights in practice: the COVID-19 pandemic
    24:Current issues: non-State actors

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The tenth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbook.co.uk/ebooks
  • The online resources that support the book contain links to the full cases referenced at the end of each chapter as well as a list of annotated web links to aid further study.

  • Related Titles