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Contemporary Human Rights Challenges

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its Continuing Relevance

Edited by Carla Ferstman, Tony Gray

Routledge

238 pages

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was drafted by the UN Commission on Human Rights in the aftermath of the World War II in an attempt to address the wrongs of the past and plan for a better future for all. 

With contributions from President Jimmy Carter, UNESCO Secretary General Audrey Azoulay and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, this collection of essays, Contemporary Human Rights Challenges: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its Continuing Relevance, by leading international experts offers a timely contemporary view on the UDHR and its continuing relevance to today’s issues.

Reflecting the structure of the UDHR, the chapters, written by 28 academics, practitioners and activists, bring a contemporary perspective to the original principles proclaimed in the Declaration’s 30 Articles. It will be a stimulating accessible read, with real world examples, for anyone involved in thinking about, designing or applying public policy, particularly government officials, politicians, lawyers, journalists and academics and those engaged in promoting social justice.

Examined through these universal principles, which have enduring relevance, the authors grapple with some of today’s most pressing challenges, some of which, for example equality and gender related rights, would not have been foreseen by the original drafters of the Declaration, who included Eleanor Roosevelt, René Cassin and John Humphrey.

The essays cover a wide range of topics such as an individual’s right to privacy in a digital age, freedom to practise one’s religion and the right to redress, and make a compelling and detailed argument for the on-going importance and significance of the Declaration and human rights in our rapidly changing world.

Table of Contents

1: Foreword; 2: Cosmopolitan Vision, Civilised Sensibility, and Moral Passion: In Honour of Clemens N. Nathan (1933-2015); 3: List of Contributors; 4: Introduction to the Volume; 5: Section I: Reflections on the Foundation Blocks, the Pediment which Binds the Structure Together and Several Cross-Cutting Themes; 6: Section II: The Rights of an Individual; 7: Section III: The Rights of Individual in Civil and Political Society; 8: Section IV: Spiritual, public and political freedoms; 9: Section V: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; 10: Section VI: The Challenge of Hope; 11: Appendices; 12: Index

About the Editors

Dr Carla Ferstman, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Essex, UK.

Rev Alexander Goldberg, barrister and human rights activist, Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey.

Dr Tony Gray, Director of Words by Design, Oxford, UK.

Dr Liz Ison (daughter of the late Clemens Nathan), UK.

Richard Nathan (son of the late Clemens Nathan), Director, Bosquet Capital, London, UK.

Michael Newman, Chief Executive, The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), London, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW013000
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW051000
LAW / International
LAW094000
LAW / Discrimination
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL035010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights