The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Human rights are considered one of the big ideas of the early twenty-first century. This book presents in an authoritative and readable form the variety of platforms on which human rights law is practiced today, reflecting also on the dynamic inter-relationships that exist between these various levels. The collection has a critical edge. The chapters engage with how human rights law has developed in its various subfields, what (if anything) has been achieved and at what cost, in terms of expected or produced unexpected side-effects. The authors pass judgment about the consistency, efficacy and success of human rights law (set against the standards of the field itself or other external goals) . Written by world-class academics, this Companion will be essential reading for students and scholars of human rights law.

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'Framing the project' of international human rights law: reflections on the dysfunctional 'family' of the Universal Declaration
Restoring the 'human' in 'human rights' - personhood and doctrinal innovation in the UN Disability Convention Gerard Quinn with
The poverty of (rights) jurisprudence
Foundations beyond law
The interdisciplinarity of human rights
Atrocity, law, humanity: punishing human rights violators
Violence in the name of human rights
Reinventing human rights in an era of hyperglobalization: a few wayside remarks
Reconstituting the universal: human rights as a regional idea
The embryonic sovereign and the biological citizen: the biopolitics of reproductive rights
Spoils for which victor? Human rights within the democratic state
Devoluted human rights
Does enforcement matter?
Winners and others: accounting for international law's favourites
Resisting panic: lessons about the role of human rights during the long decade after 9/11
What's in a name? The prohibitions on torture and ill-treatment today
Do human rights treaties make enough of a difference?
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