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The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law

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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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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107602359

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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
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    '… 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107602359
    • length: 369 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Human Rights (International Protection)
    • Human Rights Law for Educators
    • Law and Global Relations
  • Editors

    Conor Gearty, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a specialist in European and UK human rights law, as well as in terrorism law and civil liberties, on each of which subjects he has written extensively. He is also a barrister and a founding member of Matrix chambers from where he continues to practice.

    Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. In his many books and the talks he has given around the world, he has developed a position on human rights which seeks to retain the radical and emancipatory power of the term without however accepting the arid and self-interested arguments of the powerful (of both the scholarly and political variety).


    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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