The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Paperback | June 28, 2015

EditorDinah Shelton

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The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides a comprehensive and original overview of one of the fundamental topics within international law. It contains substantial new essays by more than forty leading experts in the field, giving students, scholars, and practitioners acomplete overview of the issues that inform research, as well as a "map" of the debates that animate the field. Each chapter features a critical and up-to-date analysis of the current state of debate and discussion, assessing recent work and advancing the understanding of all aspects of thisdeveloping area of international law.The Handbook consists of 39 chapters, divided into seven parts. Parts I and II explore the foundational theories and the historical antecedents of human rights law from a diverse set of disciplines, including the philosophical, religious, biological, and psychological origins of moral developmentand altruism, and sociological findings about cooperation and conflict. Part III focuses on the law-making process and categories of rights. Parts IV and V examine the normative and institutional evolution of human rights, and discuss this impact on various doctrines of general international law.The final two parts are more speculative, examining whether there is an advantage to considering major social problems from a human rights perspective and, if so, how that might be done: Part VI analyses current problems that are being addressed by governments, both domestically and throughinternational organizations, and issues that have been placed on the human rights agenda of the United Nations, such as state responsibility for human rights violations and economic sanctions to enforce human rights; Part VII then evaluates the impact of international human rights law over the pastsix decades from a variety of perspectives. The Handbook is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and practitioners of international human rights law. It provides the reader with new perspectives on international human rights law that are both multidisciplinary and geographically and culturally diverse.

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The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides a comprehensive and original overview of one of the fundamental topics within international law. It contains substantial new essays by more than forty leading experts in the field, giving students, scholars, and practitioners acomplete overview of the issues that inform res...

Professor Dinah Shelton was the inaugural holder of the Manatt/Ahn Professorship in International Law at the George Washington University Law School, where she has taught since 2004. She previously taught international law and was director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law Sc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1088 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.28 inPublished:June 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Theoretical Foundations1. M. Christian Green and John Witte, Jr.: Religion2. Siegfried Van Duffel: Moral Philosophy3. Christopher A. Robinson: Biological Foundations of Human Rights4. Brian S. Turner: Sociology of Human Rights5. Robin Bradley Kar: The Psychology Foundations of Human Rights6. Mark Goodale: Anthropology and the Grounds of Human RightsII. Historical and Legal Sources7. Paul Gordon Lauren: The Foundations of Justice and Human Rights in Early Legal Texts and Thought8. Michael O'Boyle and Michelle Lafferty: General Principles and Constitutions as Sources of Human Rights Law9. Jenny Martinez: The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Rise of International Non-Governmental Organizations10. Annemarieke Vermeer-Kunzli: Diplomatic Protection as a Source of Human Rights Law11. Gerd Oberleitner: Humanitarian Law as a Source of Human Rights Law12. Janelle M. Diller: Social Justice, Rights, and Labour13. Peter Kovacs: The Protection of Minorities under the Auspices of the League of NationsIII. Structural Principles14. Paolo G. Carozza: Human Dignity15. Gerald L. Neuman: Subsidiarity16. Johan D. van der Vyver: Sovereignty17. Rudiger Wolfrum: Solidarity18. Jarlath Clifford: Equality19. Yutaka Arai-Takahashi: Proportionality20. Christian Tomuschat: Democracy and the Rule of LawIV. Normative Evolution21. Bertrand G. Ramcharan: The Law-Making Process: From Declaration to Treaty to Custom to Prevention22. Martin Scheinin: Core Rights and Obligations23. Erika de Wet: 'Jus Cogens' and Obligations 'Erga Omnes'24. Dinah Shelton and Ariel Gould: Positive and Negative ObligationsV. Institutions and Actors25. Miloon Kothari: From Commission to the Council: Evolution of UN Charter Bodies26. Nigel S. Rodley: The Role and Impact of Treaty Bodies27. Cecilia Medina: The Role of International Tribunals: Law-Making or Creative Interpretation?28. Christof Heyns and Magnus Killander: Universality and the Growth of Regional Systems29. Nisuke Ando: National Implementation and Interpretation30. David Weissbrodt: Roles and Responsibilities of Non-State ActorsVI. Human Rights and General International Law31. Malgosia Fitzmaurice: Interpretation of Human Rights Treaties32. George A. Lopez: Enforcing Human Rights through Economic Sanctions33. Chimene I. Keitner: Transnational Litigation: Jurisdiction and Immunities34. Ramesh Thakur: The Use of International Force to Prevent or Halt Atrocities: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect35. Sarah Joseph: Trade Law and Investment LawVII. Assessments36. Francisco Lopez-Bermudez: Creating and Applying Human Rights Indicators37. Gisella Gori: Compliance38. Fiona McKay: What Outcomes for Victims?39. Juan E. Mendez and Catherine Cone: Human Rights Make a Difference: Lessons from Latin America