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Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions

Edited by: Alice Miller Jacinta Diver

ISBN13: 9783319240145
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £117.00

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This collection of 16 essays by 19 contributors calls into question the notion of domestic justiciability across a wide range of human rights issues, such as health, human dignity, criminal justice, property and transitional democracy.

The authors offer critical analyses of a number of rights frameworks, focusing in considerable detail upon specific countries (e.g. Libya, Colombia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, India) and regions (e.g. Europe, Africa) to highlight the various challenges which continue to vex human rights advocates and scholars. In doing so they pinpoint some of the major tensions that still exist within developing and developed jurisdictions, via a myriad range of perspectives. The essays collectively present a diverse assortment of themes unified by a single ‘golden thread’ – that of the domestic interpretations given to human rights protections. They raise questions as to how such rights might be made substantive at the level of domestic implementation, and query the extent to which these rights can, or even should, be enforced by the courts. The potential strains in the relationship between human rights and the rule of law, is further called into question by another central theme: that of human dignity. A fundamental dilemma arises in respect of the extent to which a ‘right’ to dignity can best be promoted, protected or monitored by domestic decision-makers. Similar issues are apparent within the context of the protection of those human rights which increasingly tend to engage social, political or economic considerations and interests. Whilst these arguments are often framed principally in terms of ‘rights,’ the collective message that emerges from this book is that such rights may often be, in fact, essentially non-justiciable.

Readers of this text will perhaps feel compelled to reflect carefully and fully upon what it tells us about human rights law generally, and the extent to which such rights may be truly amenable to adjudication by the courts.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Jo Samanta, Enforcing Human Rights at End of Life: Is There a Better Approach?
Jacinta Miller and Alice Diver, Can Rights be Ring-fenced in Times of Austerity? Equality, Equity and Judicial 'Trusteeship' over the UK's Fairness Agenda
David Hand, Chantal Davies and Ruth Healey, The Right to Healthcare: A Critical Examination of the Human Right of Irregular Migrants to Access State-Funded HIV/AIDS Treatment in the UK
Jacinta Miller, Dignity: A Relevant Normative Value in 'Access to Health and Social Care' Litigation in the United Kingdom?
Emmanuel Kolawole Oke, Patent Rights, Access to Medicines, and The Justiciability of The Right to Health in Kenya, South Africa and India
Eghosa O. Ekhator, Rhuks Ako and Ngozi Stewart, Overcoming the (Non)justiciable Conundrum: The Doctrine of Harmonious Construction and the Interpretation of the Right to a Healthy Environment in Nigeria
Deborah Magill, Justiciable Disability Rights and Social Change: A Northern Ireland Case Study
Katie Boyle , Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Northern Ireland: Legitimate and Viable Justiciability Mechanisms for a Conflicted Democracy
Francesca Capone, Children in Colombia: Discussing the Current Transitional Justice Process Against the Backdrop of the CRC Key Principles
Hilmi Zawati, Prosecuting International Core Crimes under Libya's Transitional Justice: The Case of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi
Michelle-Therese Stevenson, DNA Evidence Under The Microscope: Why The Presumption Of Innocence Is Under Threat In Ireland
Maria Helen Murphy, Surveillance and the Right to Privacy: Is an 'Effective Remedy' Possible?
Roberto Cippitani, The 'Contractual Enforcement' of Human Rights in Europe
Alice Diver, Putting dignity to bed? The taxing question of the UK's housing rights relapse
Khanyisela Moyo, Justiciable property rights and Post-colonial Land Reform: A case study of Zimbabwe
Vinodh Jaichand, Women's Land Rights and Customary Law Reform in South Africa: Towards a Gendered Perspective.