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Examining Critical Perspectives on Human Rights


Ole W. Pedersen, David Kennedy, Keith Ewing, David Bonner, Liora Lazarus, Colin Murray, Elena Katselli, Steven Wheatley, Rob Dickinson, Eric Heinze, Christine Bell, Richard Mullender
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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006935


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  • Examining Critical Perspectives on Human Rights sets out a practical and theoretical overview of the future of human rights within the United Kingdom and beyond. A number of internationally renowned scholars respond to David Kennedy's contribution 'The International Human Rights Movement: Still Part of the Problem?' from a range of different perspectives. With its combination of theory and practice of international and domestic human rights at this key juncture in the human rights project, it is relevant to all scholars and practitioners with an interest in human rights.

    • Critical examination of the role of human rights will appeal to human rights scholars in both legal and other social science disciplines
    • Includes contributions from both the USA and the UK
    • Draws on theoretical and international developments in the human rights debate, making this of interest to academics, lawyers and policy makers with interests in the field of human rights
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006935
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Re-examining critical perspectives on human rights Ole W. Pedersen
    2. The international human rights movement: still part of the problem? David Kennedy
    Part II. Domestic Human Rights Perspectives:
    3. The ongoing idolatry of the Human Rights Act Keith Ewing
    4. If you cannot change the rules of the game, adapt to them: United Kingdom responses to the restrictions set by Article 3 ECHR on 'national security' deportations David Bonner
    5. The right to security – securing rights or securitizing rights? Liora Lazarus
    6. Lawfare unbounded? Human rights and civil liberties as weapons of area denial Colin Murray
    Part III. International Human Rights Law Perspectives:
    7. The rule of law and the role of human rights when peace and security are under attack Elena Katselli
    8. The problematic authority of international human rights law Steven Wheatley
    9. Universal human rights: a challenge too far Rob Dickinson
    Part IV. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights:
    10. Human rights and the mass media Eric Heinze
    11. Human rights activism, expertise and academic inquiry: beyond legitimation v. emancipation – a self-critical reflection Christine Bell
    12. Human rights, 'lawfare' and American exceptionalism Richard Mullender.

  • Editors

    Rob Dickinson, Newcastle Law School

    Elena Katselli, Newcastle Law School

    Colin Murray, Newcastle Law School

    Ole W. Pedersen, Newcastle Law School


    Ole W. Pedersen, David Kennedy, Keith Ewing, David Bonner, Liora Lazarus, Colin Murray, Elena Katselli, Steven Wheatley, Rob Dickinson, Eric Heinze, Christine Bell, Richard Mullender

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