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The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Edited by: Dinah Shelton

ISBN13: 9780198748298
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2013)
Price: £39.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780199640133

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The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides a comprehensive and original overview of one of the fundamental topics within international law. It contains substantial new essays by more than forty leading experts in the field, giving students, scholars, and practitioners a complete overview of the issues that inform research, as well as a 'map' of the debates that animate the field.

Each chapter features a critical and up-to-date analysis of the current state of debate and discussion, assessing recent work and advancing the understanding of all aspects of this developing area of international law. The Handbook consists of 39 chapters, divided into seven parts.

Parts I and II explore the foundational theories and the historical antecedents of human rights law from a diverse set of disciplines, including the philosophical, religious, biological, and psychological origins of moral development and altruism, and sociological findings about cooperation and conflict.

Part III focuses on the law-making process and categories of rights. Parts IV and V examine the normative and institutional evolution of human rights, and discuss this impact on various doctrines of general international law. The final two parts are more speculative, examining whether there is an advantage to considering major social problems from a human rights perspective and, if so, how that might be done.

Part VI analyses current problems that are being addressed by governments, both domestically and through international organizations, and issues that have been placed on the human rights agenda of the United Nations, such as state responsibility for human rights violations and economic sanctions to enforce human rights.

Part VII then evaluates the impact of international human rights law over the past six decades from a variety of perspectives. The Handbook is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and practitioners of international human rights law. It provides the reader with new perspectives on international human rights law that are both multidisciplinary and geographically and culturally diverse.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Religion
2. Moral Philosophy
3. Biological Foundations of Human Rights
4. Sociology of Human Rights
5. The Psychology Foundations of Human Rights
6. Anthropology and the Grounds of Human Rights
7. The Foundations of Justice and Human Rights in Early Legal Texts and Thought
8. General Principles and Constitutions as Sources of Human Rights Law
9. The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Rise of International Non-Governmental Organizations
10. Diplomatic Protection as a Source of Human Rights Law
11. Humanitarian Law as a Source of Human Rights Law
12. Social Justice, Rights, and Labour
13. The Protection of Minorities under the Auspices of the League of Nations
14. Human Dignity
15. Subsidiarity
16. Sovereignty
17. Solidarity
18. Equality
19. Proportionality
20. Democracy and the Rule of Law
21. The Law-Making Process: From Declaration to Treaty to Custom to Prevention
22. Core Rights and Obligations
23. 'Jus Cogens' and Obligations 'Erga Omnes'
24. Positive and Negative Obligations
25. From Commission to the Council: Evolution of UN Charter Bodies
26. The Role and Impact of Treaty Bodies
27. The Role of International Tribunals: Law-Making or Creative Interpretation?
28. Universality and the Growth of Regional Systems
29. National Implementation and Interpretation
30. Roles and Responsibilities of Non-State Actors
31. Interpretation of Human Rights Treaties
32. Enforcing Human Rights through Economic Sanctions
33. Transnational Litigation: Jurisdiction and Immunities
34. The Use of International Force to Prevent or Halt Atrocities: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect
35. Trade Law and Investment Law
36. Creating and Applying Human Rights Indicators
37. Compliance
38. What Outcomes for Victims?
39. Human Rights Make a Difference: Lessons from Latin America