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Contemporary Human Rights Ideas

Rethinking theory and practice, 2nd Edition

By Bertrand G. Ramcharan


216 pages

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Written by a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2003–4), this book has been fully updated for a second edition and continues to provide a much needed, short and accessible introduction to the foundational human rights ideas of our times and shows that every government is under international obligation to respect and uphold universal human rights.

Updates include:

  • Discussion of the recent intellectual challenges to the international human rights movement
  • Examination of the establishment and functioning of the Human Rights Council and the Universal Review Process
  • Evaluation of the developments in the area of the Responsibility to Protect and continued efforts to implement the right to development
  • Inclusion of issues such as the push for compensation for slavery, experiments with democracy in a number of countries and the decisions of international judicial and human rights organs on conceptual and protection issues

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Global Institutions, International Law and Human Rights.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 History: shared heritage, common struggle 2 Human rights in the world community 3 International obligation 4 Universality 5 Equality 6 Democracy 7 Development 8 International cooperation and dialogue 9 Protection 10 Justice, remedy, and reparation 11 Conclusion

About the Author

Bertrand G. Ramcharan, formerly Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, is President of the Non-Governmental Organization, UPR Info.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General