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Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics

ISBN13: 9780521712323
Published: October 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £24.99

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This volume argues that international human rights law has made a positive contribution to the realization of human rights in much of the world. Although governments sometimes ratify human rights treaties, gambling that they will experience little pressure to comply with them, this is not typically the case.

Focusing on rights stakeholders rather than the United Nations or state pressure, Beth Simmons demonstrates through a combination of statistical analyses and case studies that the ratification of treaties leads to better rights practices on average. Simmons argues that international human rights law should get more practical and rhetorical support from the international community as a supplement to broader efforts to address conflict, development, and democratization.

  • Additional appendices online to facilitate further scholarly research
  • Most comprehensive social science examination available into the influences of international law on human rights practices around the world.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction; 2. Why international law? The development of the international human rights regime in the twentieth century; 3. Theories of commitment; 4. Theories of compliance; 5. Civil rights; 6. Equality for women: education, work, and reproductive rights; 7. Humane treatment: the prevalence and prevention of torture; 8. The protection of innocents: rights of the child; 9. Conclusions.