Regional Protection of Human Rights

Regional Protection of Human Rights

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The international protection of human rights is generally recognized as a fundamental aim of modern international law. Even a cursory review of legal systems for the protection of human rights demonstrates the rapid expansion of this field since the end of World War II. During this period, nearly all global and regional organizations have adopted human rights standards and addressed human rights violations by member states. As a consequence, no state today can claim that its treatment of those within its jurisdiction is a matter solely of domestic concern. In this book, Dinah Shelton examines the development of regional organizations and the role that human rights plays in them. It examines in particular the question of what human rights obligations states assume upon joining the regional bodies and how regional concern with human rights intersects with the global system elaborated in the context of the United Nations. This work is the first devoted to the European, Inter-American and African systems for the protection of human rights. It also discusses the prospects for regional systems in the Middle East and Asia. The Jurisprudence of the European and Inter-American Courts and decisions of the Inter-American and African Commissions are emphasized, including decisions on the interpretation and application of various human rights, procedural requirements and remedies. The book aims to expose the readers to the basic documents of each system and their inter-relationships, to enable the audience to apply those documents to ever-changing fact situations, and to alert them to the dynamic nature of regional human rights law and institutions. It also seeks to relate regional systems to national law and to the global system for the protection of human rights. Regional Protection of Human Rights illustrates how international human rights law is interpreted and implemented. The selections offer examples of political, economic and social problems as well as legal issues to show the significant impact of international human rights law institutions on the constitutions, law, policies, and societies of the regions. In addition to serving as a text for courses on human rights law, the book will be useful for courses in international law, international relations, and political science. It will also be a helpful resource for lawyers and policy-makers concerned with the protection of human rights. Regional Protection of Human Rights: Documentary Supplements is the accompanying volume to Regional Protection of Human Rights. It contains primary source documents on human rights regulations in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. These include the European Court of Human Rights, the Charter of the Organization of American States, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Access to these documents enables the reader to further understand and apply them to ever-changing global more

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  • Hardback | 1701 pages
  • 180.34 x 266.7 x 88.9mm | 3,016.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195371658
  • 9780195371659

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"The topical coverage is thorough, the organization logical, the selection of cases expert and up to date, and the knowledge of all 3 systems abundant and sophisticated." --Doug Cassel, Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame Law School"This book is a welcome addition to the International Human Rights canon and a crowning achievement for these esteemed scholars. The book promises to make a valuable and timely contribution to the field. It will be an invaluable desk reference for any student, scholar or practitioner of international human rights and provides an excellent vehicle for teaching an introductory or advanced course on the subject." --Beth Van Schaack, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University School of Lawshow more

About Emeritus Manatt/Ahn Professor in International Law Dinah Shelton

Dinah Shelton is a Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. She is the author of two prize-winning books, Protecting Human Rights in the Americas (winner of the 1982 Inter-American Bar Association Book Prize and co-authored with Thomas Buergenthal) and Remedies in International Human Rights Law (awarded the 2000 Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law, OUP, 2005).show more