1st Edition

International Law and Society Empirical Approaches to Human Rights

Edited By Laura A. Dickinson Copyright 2007
    588 Pages
    by Routledge

    Scholars of international human rights law are largely unfamiliar with law and society scholarship, while the study of international human rights has remained at the margins of the law and society movement. International Law and Society: Empirical Approaches to Human Rights seeks to bridge this gap by presenting the work of a growing number of academics who are adopting a range of empirical approaches to international human rights. Drawn from the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science and law, the studies featured in this volume use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze core issues of international law and human rights, such as compliance, the development of norms and the role of social movements.

    Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Part I Human Rights Discourse and National Compliance: Do human rights treaties make a difference, Oona A. Hathaway; Measuring the effects of human rights treaties, Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks; Overlegalizing human rights: international relations theory and the Commonwealth Caribbean backlash against human rights regimes, Laurence R. Helfer; The origins of international human rights regimes: democratic delegation in post-war Europe, Andrew Moravcsik. Part II Human Rights Discourse and Domestic Norms: The constitutionalization of human rights in Argentina: problem or promise?, Janet Koven Levit; The justice cascade: the evolution and impact of foreign human rights trials in Latin America, Ellen Lutz and Kathryn Sikkink; Justice, accountability, and social reconstruction: an interview study of Bosnia judges and prosecutors, The Human Rights Center and the International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Sarajevo; Complementarity in practice: the international criminal court as part of a system of multi-level global governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo, William W. Burke-White; Reconciliation and revenge in post-apartheid South Africa, rethinking legal pluralism and human rights, Richard A. Wilson. Part III Human Rights Discourse and Social Movements: International law and social movements: challenges of theorizing resistance, Balakrishnan Rajagopal; Cause lawyering in transnational perspective: national conflict and human rights in Israel/Palestine, Lisa Hajjar; The female inheritance movement in Hong Kong: theorizing the local/global interface, Sally Engle Merry and Rachel E. Stern; Name index.