International Human Rights Law (9th edition)

ISBN : 9780198843672

Rhona Smith
512 Pages
171 x 171 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019


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Illustrating the scope of this fascinating and wide-reaching subject to the student, this clear and concise text gives a broad introduction to international human rights law. Coverage includes regional systems of protection, the role of the UN, and a variety of substantive rights. The author skilfully guides students through the complexities of the subject, and then prepares them for further study and research. Key cases and areas of debate are highlighted throughout, and a wealth of references to cases and further readings are provided at the end of each chapter. Online resources Accompanied by online resources which contain links to the full cases referenced at the end of each chapter as well as a list of annotated web links to aid further study.


1 Introduction
2 Historical background
3 The United Nations
4 The International Bill of Human Rights
5 Regional protection of human rights
6 Europe
7 The Americas
8 Africa
9 Monitoring, implementing, and enforcing human rights
10 Substantive rights - general comments
11 Equality and non-discrimination
12 Rights for specific vulnerable persons
13 The right to life
14 The right to liberty of person
15 Equality before the law - the right to a fair trial
16 The right to work
17 Freedom from torture
cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment
18 The right to self-determination
19 Indigenous peoples' and minority rights
20 Freedom of expression
21 The right to education and human rights education
22 Sustainable development and human rights
23 Current issues: non-state actors

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