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Research Handbook On International Human Rights Law

Research Handbook On International Human Rights Law

Sarah Joseph , Adam McBeth

Edited by Sarah Joseph, Professor of Law and Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University and Adam McBeth, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Elgar original reference
2010 616 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 368 7
2011 Paperback 978 1 84980 055 6
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 337 3

Hardback £182.00 on-line price £163.80

Paperback £47.00 on-line price £37.60


Series: Research Handbooks in International Law series

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‘The advance of global human rights is a kind of miracle. This book furthers the enterprise with a collection of cutting edge chapters on the legal issues of the second half of the 20th century. Those who want to stay ahead in this adventure in the 21st century will need to know the challenges that appear on every page.’
– The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Judge of the High Court of Australia 1996–2009

Contributors: M.A. Baderin, M. Castan, A. Conte, P. Cumper, M.C. Davis, P. Gerber, S. Joseph, M. Killander, S. Kneebone, J. Kyriakakis, V. Mantouvalou, S.P. Marks, C. Martin, A. McBeth, R. McCorquodale, D. Rodríguez-Pinzón, R. Sifris, S. Sivakumaran, S.I. Skogly, P.J. Spiro, M. Ssenyonjo, D. Stoitchkova, A. Vakulenko, E. van Sliedregt, P. Voyatzis

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This innovative and timely Handbook brings together the work of 25 leading human rights scholars from all over the world to consider a broad range of human rights topics.

The book discusses a wide range of contemporary themes, for example jurisdictional issues, such as human rights in the private sphere and extra-territorial obligations. It also deals with global and regional human rights systems, intersections with other areas of international law and practice, such as international criminal law and globalisation, and specific human rights topics including terrorism and indigenous peoples.

Providing an excellent grounding for scholars seeking to understand the major topics within the discipline, this topical book is accessible to the novice human rights scholar, yet of great interest to the most seasoned human rights researcher. It will strongly appeal to law academics as well as students and practitioners of human rights.

Full table of contents



1. The United Nations and Human Rights
Sarah Joseph and Joanna Kyriakakis

2. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: An Examination of State Obligations
Manisuli Ssenyonjo

3. Extraterritoriality: Universal Human Rights Without Universal Obligations?
Sigrun I. Skogly

4. Non-state Actors and International Human Rights Law
Robert McCorquodale

5. NGOs and Human Rights: Channels of Power
Peter J. Spiro

6. Human Rights in Economic Globalisation
Adam McBeth

7. Human Rights and Development
Stephen P. Marks

8. Gender and International Human Rights Law: The Intersectionality Agenda
Anastasia Vakulenko

9. Refugees and Displaced Persons: The Refugee Definition and ‘Humanitarian’ Protection
Susan Kneebone

10. International Criminal Law
Elies van Sliedregt and Desislava Stoitchkova

11. The Four Pillars of Transitional Justice: A Gender-Sensitive Analysis
Ronli Sifris

12. The International Court of Justice and Human Rights
Sandesh Sivakumaran

13. The Council of Europe and the Protection of Human Rights: A System in Need of Reform
Virginia Mantouvalou and Panayotis Voyatzis

14. The Inter-American Human Rights System: Selected Examples of its Supervisory Work
Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón and Claudia Martin

15. African Human Rights Law in Theory and Practice
Magnus Killander

16. The Political Economy and Culture of Human Rights in East Asia
Michael C. Davis

17. Islam and the Realization of Human Rights in the Muslim World
Mashood A. Baderin

18. Religion, Belief and International Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century
Peter Cumper

19. DRIP Feed: The Slow Reconstruction of Self-determination for Indigenous Peoples
Melissa Castan

20. Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Alex Conte

21. Human Rights Education: A Slogan in Search of a Definition
Paula Gerber


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