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Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism 2nd ed isbn 9780199232741

Human Rights

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ISBN13: 9780199268610
ISBN: 0199268614
New Edition ISBN: 9780199232741
Published: June 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: uk
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Human Rights between Idealism and Realism presents human rights in action, focusing on their effectiveness as legal tools designed to benefit human beings. By combining conceptual analysis with an emphasis on procedures and mechanisms of implementation, this volume provides a multidimensional overview of human rights.;After examining briefly the history of human rights, the author analyses the intellectual framework that forms the basis of their legitimacy. In particular, he covers the concept of universality and the widely used model that classifies human rights into clusters of different 'generations'.;The volume then moves on to analyse the activities of the political institutions of the United Nations, the expert bodies established by the relevant treaties, and the international tribunals specifically entrusted at the regional level with protecting human rights. The author explains how and why in recent years, the classical array of politically inspired informal devices has been enriched by the addition of international criminal procedures and by endeavours to introduce civil suits against alleged individual violators of human rights. Finally, the volume is rounded off by a consideration of the importance of humanitarian law as an instrument for the protection of human life and dignity.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Table of Treaties and Other Relevant Instruments; 1. Introduction; 2. History of Human Rights; 3. The Different 'Generations' of Human Rights: From Human Rights to Good Governance; 4. Universality of Human Rights; 5. Implementation at National Level; 6. The Work of the Political Bodies of International Organizations; 7. The Work of Expert Bodies: Examination of State Reports; 8. The Work of Expert Bodies: Complaint Procedures and Fact-finding; 9. Supervision by International Tribunals; 10. Enforcement by States and the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations; 11. Mitigating the Effects of Armed Conflict: Humanitarian Law; 12. Criminal Prosecution of Human Rights Violations; 13. Civil Suits against Human Rights Violators; 14. Time for Hope, or Time for Despair?