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Alternative Approaches to Human Rights
The Disparate Historical Paths of the European, Inter-American and African Regional Human Rights Systems


Part of ASCL Studies in Comparative Law

  • Date Published: November 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781316512753

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  • This book explores the comparative historical evolution of the European, Inter-American and African regional human rights systems. The book devotes attention to various factors that have shaped the systems: the different circumstances in which they were founded; the influence of major states and inter-state politics within their respective regions; gradual processes of institutional evolution; and the impact of human rights advocates and claimants. Throughout, the book devotes careful attention to the impact of institutional and procedural choices on the functioning of human rights systems. Overarchingly, the book explores the contextually-generated differences between the three systems, suggesting that human rights practice is less unitary than it might at times appear. Prescriptively, the book proposes that, contrary to the received wisdom in some quarters, the Inter-American system's dual-track approach may provide the most promising model in regards to future human rights system design.

    • Provides a concise summary of the historical evolution of the European, Inter-American and African regional human rights systems
    • Emphasizes the importance of gradual evolution, institutional development and ongoing human rights advocacy as well as foundational moments and inter-state action, helping readers understand the full spectrum and complexity of the forces shaping human rights systems over time
    • Identifies key differences between the approaches of the three different regional systems studied, highlighting the internal complexity and room for differentiation between different ideas of human rights and opening up space for further reflection and experimentation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2022
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781316512753
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Foundational Moments
    3. Struggles
    4. Comparisons
    5. Conclusion

  • Author

    Christopher Roberts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Christopher Roberts is an Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has worked with several human rights organizations and mandates, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

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