Human Rights and Justice: Philosophical, Economic, and Social Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Human Rights and Justice

Philosophical, Economic, and Social Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Melissa Labonte, Kurt Mills


178 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138036789
pub: 2018-06-28
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315178325
pub: 2018-06-27
from $27.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


The relationship between human rights and justice is significant, deep, and ultimately contested. The two terms themselves – human rights and justice – have experienced both conceptual and operational pushback from many quarters in recent years.

Although an understanding of justice is inherent in broad human rights discourses, there is no clear consensus on how to integrate and reconcile these concepts – both as a means of advancing knowledge and as a mechanism for the development of sound and effective policy at the global, regional, and national levels. Further, expansions of the boundaries of both human rights and justice make any clear and settled understanding of the relation difficult to ascertain. This volume tackles these issues in a coherent and complementary manner. It examines a range of philosophical, economic, and social perspectives that are key to understanding the nature of the linkages between human rights and justice, written by scholars who are at varying stages of their careers, and whose ongoing work has sparked dialogue and exchange within and across these fields.

This work will be of interest to students and scholars of human rights, international relations and ethics.

Table of Contents

About the contributors

List of acronyms


Melissa Labonte and Kurt Mills

1 What kind of justice for human rights?

Ann Marie Clark

2 Freeing human rights from the moral requirement of feasibility

Benedict Rumbold

3 Conflating human rights and economic justice—a genealogy of the right to development

Daniel J. Whelan

4 Accessing Justice? India’s Right to Education Act

Rebecca M. Klenk

5 Responsibility for climate justice: a human rights approach to global responsibility for environmental change and impact

Brooke A. Ackerly

6 Between rights and resilience: struggles over understanding climate change and human mobility

Sara L. Nash

7 A responsibility to protect: seeking justice for cultural heritage

Matthew S. Weinert

About the Editors

Melissa Labonte is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. She received her A.B. in International Relations from Syracuse University and her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Her research and teaching interests include the United Nations system, humanitarian politics, peacebuilding, multilateral peace operations, conflict resolution, human rights, and West African politics. She is the author of Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms, Strategic Framing, and Intervention: Lessons for the Responsibility to Protect (London: Routledge, 2013). Kurt Mills is Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee. He previously taught at the the University of Glasgow, the American University in Cairo, Mount Holyoke College, James Madison University and Gettysburg College, and served as the Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. He is also the founder and Convenor of the Glasgow Human Rights Network. His work is addresses questions related to humanitarianism, international criminal justice and the responsibility to protect, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan African. He is the author of two books - Human Rights in the Emerging Global Order: A New Sovereignty? (Macmillan 1998) and, most recently, International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and Palliate (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) – co-editor of Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors (Palgrave, 2015) and co-editor of the Human Rights section of the International Studies Encyclopedia (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

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.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy