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Human Rights in International Relations

2nd Edition

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Part of Themes in International Relations

  • Date Published: May 2006
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521684279

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  • This new edition of David Forsythe's successful textbook provides an authoritative overview of the place of human rights in international politics in an age of terrorism. The book focuses on four central themes: the resilience of human rights norms, the importance of 'soft' law, the key role of non-governmental organizations, and the changing nature of state sovereignty. Human rights standards are examined according to global, regional, and national levels of analysis with a separate chapter dedicated to transnational corporations. This second edition has been updated to reflect recent events, notably the creation of the ICC and events in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, and new sections have been added on subjects such as the correlation between world conditions and the fate of universal human rights. Containing chapter-by-chapter guides to further reading and discussion questions, this book will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students of human rights, and their teachers. David Forsythe received the Distinguished Scholar Award for 2007 from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association.

    • Second edition of successful introductory textbook, fully updated to cover recent events post 9/11, notably the creation of the ICC, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay
    • Includes discussion questions and suggested readings for each chapter
    • Will appeal to undergraduates, graduates and academic researchers of international relations and human rights
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'David Forsythe's … analyses of the impact of human rights in changing the nature and practice of state sovereignty, of the importance of soft diplomacy, and of the role of private actors are especially important contributions that will be welcomed by the human rights community.' Ramesh Thakur, United Nations University

    'An excellent update of a textbook very popular with my students. The chapters on transitional justice, non-governmental organizations, and international business are especially worthwhile, as is the discussion of foreign policies of countries other than the United States.' Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, Global Studies Program, Wilfrid Laurier University

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521684279
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.491kg
    • contains: 2 tables
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Foundations:
    1. Introduction: human rights in international relations
    2. Establishing human rights standards
    Part II. Implementing Human Rights Standards:
    3. Global application of human rights norms
    4. Transitional justice: criminal courts and alternatives
    5. Regional application of human rights norms
    6. Human rights and foreign policy in comparative perspective
    7. Non-governmental organizations and human rights
    8. Transnational corporations and human rights
    Part III. Conclusion:
    9. The politics of liberalism in a realist world.

  • Author

    David P. Forsythe, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    David P. Forsythe is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of numerous International Relations titles including The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red Cross (2005) and Human Rights and US Foreign Policy: Congress Reconsidered (1988) which won the Manning J. Dauer Prize.

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