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The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law


  • Page extent: 372 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.72 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 341.4/8
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: K3239.8 .C36 2012
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Human rights--Congresses

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 (ISBN-13: 9781107016248)

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Human rights are considered one of the big ideas of the early twenty-first century. This book presents in an authoritative and readable form the variety of platforms on which human rights law is practiced today, reflecting also on the dynamic inter-relationships that exist between these various levels. The collection has a critical edge. The chapters engage with how human rights law has developed in its various subfields, what (if anything) has been achieved and at what cost, in terms of expected or produced unexpected side-effects. The authors pass judgment about the consistency, efficacy and success of human rights law (set against the standards of the field itself or other external goals). Written by world-class academics, this Companion will be essential reading for students and scholars of human rights law.

• A coherent, succinct and fresh view on contemporary human rights law • Chapters are written by leading experts in each of the sub-fields that makes up the field as a whole • Engages with human rights from a policy-oriented as well as a scholarly perspective, while always keeping scholarship to the forefront of the discussion and analysis of the relevant law


Introduction Conor Gearty and Costas Douzinas; Part I. All Kinds of Everyone: 1. 'Framing the project' of international human rights law: reflections on the dysfunctional 'family' of the Universal Declaration Anna Grear; 2. Restoring the 'human' in 'human rights' - personhood and doctrinal innovation in the UN disability convention Gerard Quinn with Anna Arstein-Kerslake; 3. The poverty of (rights) jurisprudence Costas Douzinas; Part II. Interconnections: 4. Foundations beyond law Florian Hoffmann; 5. The interdisciplinarity of human rights Abdullahi A. An-Nacim; 6. Atrocity, law, humanity: punishing human rights violators Gerry Simpson; 7. Violence in the name of human rights Simon Chesterman; 8. Reinventing human rights in an era of hyper-globalisation: a few wayside remarks Upendra Baxi; Part III. Platforms: 9. Reconstituting the universal: human rights as a regional idea Chaloka Beyani; 10. The embryonic sovereign and the biological citizen: the biopolitics of reproductive rights Patrick Hanafin; 11. Spoils for which victor? Human rights within the democratic state Conor Gearty; 12. Devoluted human rights Chris Himsworth; 13. Does enforcement matter? Gerd Oberleitner; Part IV. Pressures: 14. Winners and others: accounting for international law's favourites Margot E. Salomon; 15. Resisting panic: lessons about the role of human rights during the long decade after 9/11 Martin Scheinin; 16. What's in a name? The prohibitions on torture and ill treatment today Manfred Nowak; 17. Do human rights treaties make enough of a difference? Samuel Moyn.


'… the book presents excellent and intellectually stimulating articles that look at human rights from a range of different perspectives. The chapters are authoritative and easily readable with concise arguments unburdened by complex legal language. This is especially important for students and general readers aiming to gain some measure of understanding in the subject, without delving into its more complex underpinnings … The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law is an extremely well-written and intellectually stimulating book for anyone interested in human rights law.' Annette Thompson, The Birkbeck Law Review


Conor Gearty, Costas Douzinas, Anna Grear, Gerard Quinn, Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Florian Hoffmann, Abdullahi A. An-Nacim, Gerry Simpson, Simon Chesterman, Upendra Baxi, Chaloka Beyani, Patrick Hanafin, Chris Himsworth, Gerd Oberleitner, Margot E. Salomon, Martin Scheinin, Manfred Nowak, Samuel Moyn

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