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Why Human Rights Still Matter in Contemporary Global Affairs

ISBN13: 9780367901455
To be Published: May 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

This book elucidates why human rights still matter in contemporary global affairs, and what can lead to better protection of international human rights in a post-liberal order.

It blends theoretical, empirical, and normative perspectives, while providing much-needed analysis in light of the perils of populism, authoritarianism, and toxic nationalism as well as the hopes with which people around the world view human rights in the new millennium. Systematically combining theoretical perspectives from across the disciplines with numerous case studies, it demonstrates not only the complexities of the domestic conditions involved, but also the ways in which human dignity can be preserved and promoted during periods of rapid change and uncertainty. Finally, the book addresses the question of how to protect human rights in such a world in which the active promotion of democratic values and enforcement of human rights may not be necessarily aligned with evolving economic and geopolitical interests of many great and diverse powers on the global scene. As such, it is a timely intervention for human rights as a concept as it has been attacked and eroded by the instability in our world today.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of human rights in politics, law, philosophy, sociology, and history and to humanitarian bodies, practitioners and policy makers.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction: Why Human Rights Still Matter in Contemporary World Affairs
Mahmood Monshipouri
Part I: Framing the Human Rights Discourse
2. How Do Human Rights Matter?
Michael Goodhart
3. Broadening Human Rights: The Case for a Pluralistic Approach
Hussein Banai and Anthony Tirado Chase
4. Non-Western Experiences of the (Un)persuasive Practice of Human Rights
Shadi Mokhtari
5. Assessing Regional Human Rights Systems: from Convergence to Divergence
Daniel J. Whelan and Andrew McWard
Part II: Human Rights Practice: Legal and Moral Responsibility
6. State Responsibility and International Law
Mark Gibney
7. Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Will Endure: The Case of International Committee of the Red Cross
David P. Forsythe
8. Denial and Debilitation: Environmental Rights and the Harm of Climate Change Denial
Richard P. Hiskes
9. Transitional Justice: From Accountability to Peace
Mahmood Monshipouri and William V. Dunlap
Part III: Protecting Economic Rights in a Globalizing World
10. Labor Rights as Human Rights: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Implications
Carol C. Gould
11. The Trajectory of the Right to Food in Brazil: The Debate Between Means and Access
Anthony Pahnke
12. Social Movements, Development Policy, and Human Rights
Shareen Hertel and Rajeshwari Majumdar
13. Migrant Workers and Human Rights in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
Zahra Babar
14. Human Rights and Inequality
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann
Part IV: Human Rights Challenges in a Fractured, Violent, and Intolerant World
15. Threats to Freedom of the Press
Andrei Richter
16. Addressing Religious Intolerance in an Increasingly Illiberal World
Barbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan
17. Neoliberalism and Women’s Rights
Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat
18. Climate Refugees, Forced Migrants, and the Syrian Crisis
Mahmood Monshipouri
Part V: The Way Forward
19. The Resilience of Rights in a Post-Liberal World
Alison Brysk