Library of essays on international human rights ; Volume 1.
The essays selected for this volume, written by some of the world's most respected experts on human rights, encompass the development of human rights law from its philosophical underpinnings and address many of its current controversies. The collected essays explore the drafting of major human rights instruments, including the political challenges that shaped those instruments; examine the interrelationship of various claimed rights; and identify factors producing compliance with - and violation of - human rights law. Other contributions analyze the role of non-governmental organizations in achieving better human rights protections as well as the danger of claiming too many rights, and the tension between rights and security. Contrasting viewpoints in several essays highlight some of the key conflicts in the field. An introductory essay provides a roadmap marking the collection's major themes, and tracing the relationship between those themes. Taken together, the essays emphasize the legal underpinnings of the human rights regime and as such, the collection provides an essential, wide-ranging account of this important part of international law, procedure and practice.
First published 2014 by Ashgate Publishing.
Formatted Contents Note
part PART I: PHILOSOPHICAL, RELIGIOUS, AND HISTORICAL INFLUENCES UNDERLYING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAW chapter 1 Origins: The Rise and Fall of Natural Rights chapter 2 Introduction: The Human Rights Idea chapter 3 Islam and Human Rights: Beyond the Universality Debate chapter 4 Women's Rights as Human Rights: Toward a Re-Vision of Human Rights part PART II: DRAFTING OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS PROVISIONS OF THE UN CHARTER AND OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS chapter 5 The Road to San Francisco: The Revival of the Human Rights Idea in the Twentieth Century chapter 6 World War Two and the Universal Declaration chapter 7 Article 55( c) part PART III: THE DEBATE OVER UNIVERSALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS chapter 8 Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights chapter 9 Savages, Victims, and Saviors: The Metaphor of Human Rights chapter 10 What's Wrong with Chinese Rights?: Toward a Theory of Rights with Chinese Characteristics part PART IV: INTERDEPENDENCE AND INDIVISIBILITY OF CIVIL, ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RIGHTS chapter 11 The Past and Future of the Separation of Human Rights into Categories chapter 12 The Importance of Democracy chapter 13 Freedom from Want: How can we make Indivisibility more than a Mere Slogan? chapter 14 The Four Freedoms turn 70 chapter 15 Procedures for the Implementation of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights part PART V: COMPLIANCE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS AND CAUSES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: POLITICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC, ETC./THE ROLE OF BYSTANDERS chapter 16 The Normative Context of Human Rights Criticism: Treaty Ratification and UN Mechanisms chapter 17 The Psychology of Bystanders, Perpetrators, and Heroic Helpers part PART VI: THE ROLE OF NGOS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS chapter 18 The Status of Human Rights NGOs chapter 19 Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Social Construction of Legal Rules chapter 20 The Role of Non-Govemmental Organizations in International Human Rights Standard-Setting: A Prerequisite of Democracy part PART VII: PROLIFERATION AND OVERLAP OF HUMAN RIGHTS; TOO MANY RIGHTS? chapter 21 The Evolving International Human Rights System chapter 22 Conjuring Up New Human Rights: A Proposal for Quality Control chapter 23 Introduction.