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The Local Relevance of Human Rights

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Koen De Feyter, Stephan Parmentier, Felipe Gómez Isa, Antonio Papisca, Gaby Oré Aguilar, Michelle Farrell, Alicia Ely Yamin, J. Jaime Miranda, Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, José Aylwin, Rhuks Temitope Ako, María del Mar Bermúdez, Manuel Calzada Plá, Lydia Vicente Márquez, George Ulrich
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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009561

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  • Do human rights offer real protection when disadvantaged groups invoke them at the local level in an attempt to improve their living conditions? If so, how can we make sure that the experiences of those invoking human rights at the local level have an impact on the further development of human rights (at national and other levels) so that the local relevance of human rights increases? Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948, numerous international documents have reaffirmed human rights as global norms. This book examines what factors determine whether appeals to human rights that emanate from the local level are successful, and whether the UDHR adequately responds to threats as currently defined by relevant groups or whether a revision of some of the ideas included in the UDHR is needed in order to increase its contemporary relevance.

    • Proposes a new view of human rights that will appeal to those who are practitioners of human rights at a local level
    • Presents a constructive, critical perspective on human rights which addresses existing concerns about international human rights and will inspire innovation in this area
    • Includes empirical examples from different parts of the world, thus helping to foster an in-depth understanding of possibilities and characteristic complications of human rights strategies at the local level
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009561
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: reconsidering human rights from below Koen De Feyter and Stephan Parmentier
    2. Sites of rights resistance Koen De Feyter
    3. Freedom from want revisited from a local perspective: evolution and challenges ahead Felipe Gómez Isa
    4. Relevance of human rights in the 'glocal' space of politics: how to enlarge democratic practice beyond state boundaries and build up a peaceful world order? Antonio Papisca
    5. The local relevance of human rights: a methodological approach Gaby Oré Aguilar
    6. Ensuring compliance with decisions by international and regional human rights bodies: the case of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture Michelle Farrell
    7. Building rights-based health movements: lessons from the Peruvian experience Alicia Ely Yamin and J. Jaime Miranda
    8. Defining human rights when economic interests are high: the case of the Western Shoshone Julie Cavanaugh-Bill
    9. Struggling to localise human rights: the experience of indigenous peoples in Chile José Aylwin
    10. Enforcing environmental rights under Nigeria's 1999 constitution: the localisation of human rights in the Niger Delta region Rhuks Temitope Ako
    11. Conflict resolution through cultural rights and cultural wrongs: the Kosovo example María del Mar Bermúdez, Manuel Calzada Plá and Lydia Vicente Márquez
    12. Epilogue: widening the perspective on the local relevance of human rights George Ulrich.

  • Editors

    Koen De Feyter, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
    Koen De Feyter holds the Chair of International Law at the University of Antwerp. He is also spokesperson of the Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Legal School, the promoter-coordinator of the Flemish Centre for International Policy and a founding editor of the Human Rights and International Legal Discourse journal.

    Stephan Parmentier, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Stephan Parmentier teaches sociology of crime, law and human rights at the Faculty of Law of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and coordinates the research line on political crimes, human rights and human security at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC). He also currently serves as the Secretary General of the International Society for Criminology.

    Christiane Timmerman, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
    Christiane Timmerman is Director of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp and Director of Academic Affairs at UCSIA.

    George Ulrich, Riga Graduate School of Law
    George Ulrich is Rector of the Riga Graduate School of Law. He previously served as Secretary General of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).


    Koen De Feyter, Stephan Parmentier, Felipe Gómez Isa, Antonio Papisca, Gaby Oré Aguilar, Michelle Farrell, Alicia Ely Yamin, J. Jaime Miranda, Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, José Aylwin, Rhuks Temitope Ako, María del Mar Bermúdez, Manuel Calzada Plá, Lydia Vicente Márquez, George Ulrich

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