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

Philip Alston , Ryan Goodman , Henry J. Steiner
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September 24, 2007 019927942X 978-0199279425 3
This widely acclaimed interdisciplinary coursebook presents a diverse range of carefully edited primary and secondary materials alongside extensive text, editorial commentary, and study questions. International Human Rights in Context, Third Edition, thoroughly covers the basic characteristics of international law; evolution of the human rights movement; civil, political, economic, and social rights; the humanitarian laws of war; globalization; self-determination; women's rights; universalism and cultural relativism; intergovernmental and nongovernmental institutions; implementation and enforcement; internal application of human rights norms; and the spread of constitutionalism.
Extensively revised and restructured, this third edition incorporates new themes and topics including human rights in relation to terrorism and national security; responsibility of non-state actors for human rights violations; recent substantial changes in sources and processes of international law; achieved and potential reform within UN human rights institutions; and theories about international organizations and their influence on state behavior. It is also accompanied by a website housing the Annex of Documents.
Its scope, challenging enquiries, and clarity make International Human Rights in Context, Third Edition, an indispensable resource for human rights students, scholars, advocates, and practitioners alike.

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"An indispensable tool for training the next generation of human rights practitioners, advocates, and scholars."--Theodor Meron, New York University School of Law

"Exposes the sharp contradictions and dilemmas in the human rights movement, without concessions to political correctness or rushing to answers . . . today's debates are openly tackled. The book will long remain the yardstick by which others must be judged."--Makau wa Mutua, State University of New York at Buffalo

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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1560 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019927942X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199279425
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 6.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,961 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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