Textbook on International Human Rights (7th edition)

ISBN : 9780198746218

Rhona Smith
448 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
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Textbook on International Human Rights provides a concise introduction for students new to the subject. Clearly written and broad in scope, this popular text gives a concise introduction to international human rights, including regional systems of protection and the key substantive rights. The author skilfully guides students through the complexities of the subject, making it accessible to those with little or no prior legal knowledge. Key cases and areas of debate are highlighted throughout, and a wealth of references to cases and further readings provided at the end of each chapter. Online Resource Centre This book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which contains 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. The United Nations - organizational structure
6. Regional protection of human rights
7. Europe
8. The Americas
9. Africa
10. Monitoring, implementing, and enforcing human rights
11. Substantive rights - general comments
12. Equality and non-discrimination
13. The right to life
14. Freedom from torture: cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment
15. The right to liberty of person
16. Equality before the law - the right to a fair trial
17. The right to self-determination
18. Freedom of expression
19. The right to work
20. The right to education and human rights education
21. Minority rights
22. Rights for specific categories of persons
23. Looking to the future

About the author: 

Rhona Smith, Professor of International Human Rights at Northumbria University

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