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International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals: Text and Materials [Paperback]

Henry J. Steiner , Philip Alston
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February 29, 1996 0198254261 978-0198254263
International Human Rights in Context presents diverse materials consisting of extensive authors' text and questions; sharply edited primary materials ranging from intergovernmental or NGO reports to treaties, resolutions and decisions; and excerpts from secondary readings in law and legal theory, as well as other pertinent fields such as international relations, moral and political theory, and anthropology. The book introduces students to those organizing concepts and topics of public international law that are vital to understanding human rights issues. It stresses throughout the relationships among human rights norms, processes and institutions, as well as relationships between international and internal orders. The topics include civil and political rights, economic and social rights, intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions, universal and regional regimes, human rights and foreign policy, democratization, women's rights, self determination and autonomy regimes, individual criminal responsibility, and development. The book's broad themes include universalism and cultural relativism, rights or duties as organizing conceptions, the relevance of the private-public distinction, and transformed conceptions of statehood and sovereignty.

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"By far the best text in the field--a wealth of important, interesting, well-organized, and well-edited materials."--Paolo Carozza, Notre Dame Law School

"Very comprehensive, one of the best human rights textbooks available."--Winston Frost, Simon Greenleaf University

"..designed to provide an introduction for readers with little experience in the human rights field, while serving as a comprehensive resource for more experienced academics". --Violence and Abuse Abstracts

About the Author

Henry J. Steiner is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Law School Human Rights Program, Harvard University Philip Alston is Professor of Law at New York University Law School Ryan Goodman is J. Sinclair Armstrong Assistant Professor on International, Foreign and Comparative Law at the Harvard Law School, Harvard University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1286 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198254261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198254263
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,745,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars PSLX219 May 6, 2010
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Purchased this book for a graduate level class--it was terrific. The reading was interesting and informative. It gave just enough depth into the cases reviewed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human Rights Concerns May 4, 2004
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This book contains information about numerous human rights concerns from all around the world. In addition, it contains numerous articles and many documents. It is a wonderful research took that can be used by persons first learning about human rights, as well as by those persons who are working on post-undergraduate degrees
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Index of Material March 14, 2014
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Don't be fooled thinking this paperback book will be thin or a "quick read." This 4" thick book is a great resource for anyone in the field of human rights, particularly human right law. Many key topics are covered with summaries and notes referencing many law review articles, treaties, UN conference discussions, and cases relevant to international human rights issues legal practitioners face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 10, 2013
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An excellent purchase. The book was in great condition. An important tool for students and professionals who are active in the area of Human Rights. The book includes relevant case studies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough but Overly Dense July 22, 2010
My Professor required this textbook as the main textbook for "International Human Rights Law." The book contains almost everything you would need to have a grasp of current international human rights law, but does not contain enough commentary to help a student truly put all the pieces together and think critically about those pieces. Unfortunately, unless you are reading this book in the context of a law school or graduate level course, you simply cannot use this book to gain a good general grasp of the development of human rights law or thought. However, if you are simply looking to have one book (albeit a very large book) that contains all of the most important cases, writings, treatises, etc., in one location, this is that book.
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