International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary

International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary

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By (author) Olivier de Schutter

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 1152 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 257mm x 20mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521748666
  • ISBN 13: 9780521748667
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 7 tables
  • Sales rank: 155,926

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How do you keep students motivated when their perception of a subject conflicts with the reality of its academic study? International human rights law, unquestionably an exciting field, is also complex and demanding. In his breakthrough textbook, De Schutter focuses on international human rights law as global legal system, rather than as a collection of different (though related) rights, giving it relevance and immediacy. Drawing on cases and materials from a wide range of sources, it shows how human rights law is used as a tool to address contemporary issues such as counter-terrorism, global poverty and religious diversity. Materials are organised thematically, allowing readers to make comparisons and connections between different legal treaties and systems. Students can also easily assess how human rights are protected under domestic and international laws. The law is placed in context throughout, ensuring full understanding of why laws exist and how they work.

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Author information

Olivier De Schutter is the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. A Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, he has been Visiting Professor at a number of institutions, most recently at Columbia University. From 2002 to 2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union. Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, he has been the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalisation and human rights.

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'Well structured and well written, I would be more than willing to recommend this book as compulsory reading for my students ...' Caroline Fournet, University of Exeter

Table of contents

Part I. The Sources: Introduction; 1. The origins; 2. Human rights as part of public international law; 3. State responsibility and 'jurisdiction'; Part II. The Substantive Obligations: Introduction; 4. The obligation to respect; 5. The obligation to protect; 6. The obligation to fulfil; 7. Derogations in times of public emergency; 8. The prohibition of discrimination; Part III. Mechanisms of Protection: 9. Ensuring compliance with international human rights law: the role of national authorities; 10. The United Nations human rights treaties system; 11. The United Nations Charter-based monitoring of human rights; 12. Regional mechanisms of protection.