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The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Edited by: Dinah Shelton

ISBN13: 9780199640133
Published: October 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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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 over forty leading experts in the field, giving students, scholars, and practitioners a complete overview of the issues that inform research and a "map" of the debates that animate the field. Each chapter features 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.

Addressing all aspects of international human rights law, the Handbook consists of over forty chapters, divided into seven parts. The first two sections 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.

They also trace the historical sources of human rights through comparative and international law by conducting a case study of the anti-slavery movement. Section III focuses on the law-making process and certain categories of rights. Sections IV and V examine the normative and institutional evolution of human rights, and discuss its impact on various doctrines of general international law. The final two sections 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.

Section VI analyses several 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. The final section then evaluates the impact of international human rights law over the past six decades from a variety of perspectives.

The Handbook will be 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. It should become the new standard reference work in this area.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
I. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
1. Religion
2. Moral Philosophy
3. Political Theory
4. Biology
5. Sociology (Community Necessity)
6. Psychology: Individuals, Groups and Identity
7. Cultural Anthropology

II. HISTORICAL AND LEGAL SOURCES
8. Justice and Rights in Legal Texts from Hammurabi to the 18th Century
9. Constitutions and General Principles as Sources of Human Rights Law
10. The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Rise of Non-government Organizations
11. Diplomatic Protection as a Source of Human Rights Law
12. Humanitarian Law as a Source of Human Rights Law
13. The International Labor Movement
14. The League of Nations Precedents

III. STRUCTURAL PRINCIPLES
15. Human Dignity
16. Subsidiarity
17. Sovereignty
18. Solidarity
19. Equality
20. Proportionality
21. Democracy and the Rule of Law

IV. NORMATIVE EVOLUTION
22. The Law-Making Process: From Declaration to Treaty and Custom
23. The Concept of Core Rights and Obligations
24. Positive and Negative Obligations
25. Jus Cogens and Obligations Erga Omnes

V. INSTITUTIONS AND ACTORS
26. From Commission to Council: The Evolution of UN Charter Bodies and Special Procedures
27. The Role and Impact of Treaty Bodies
28. International Tribunals: Interpreting or Creating Rights and Obligations
29. Thinking Globally, Acting Regionally: Universality and the Growth of Regional Systems
30. National Implementation and Interpretation
31. The Role and Responsibility of Non-State Actors

VI. FRAGMENTATION? HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENERAL INTERNATIONAL LAW
32. The Law of State Responsibility for Human Rights Violations
33. Interpretation of Human Rights Treaties
34. Using Armed Force to Prevent or Halt Human Rights Violations: The Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention
35. Transnational Human Rights Litigation: Jurisdiction and Immunities
36. Enforcing Human Rights through Economic and Other Sanctions
37. Trade, Investment, and Human Rights

VII. ASSESSMENTS
38. Developing and Applying Human Rights Indicators
39. Evaluating Compliance with Judgments and Recommendations of Human Rights Tribunals
40. What Outcomes for Victims?
41. Does Human Rights Law Make a Difference: Lessons from Latin America
42. Stock-Taking: Sixty-Five Years of International Human Rights Law

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