Research Methods in Human Rights introduces the reader to key methodological approaches to Human Rights research in a clear and accessible way.
Drawing on the expertise of a panel of contributors, the text clearly explains the key theories and methods commonly used in Human Rights research and provides guidance on when each approach is appropriate. It addresses such approaches to Human Rights research as qualitative methods, quantitative analysis, critical ethnography and comparative approaches, supported by a wide range of geographic case studies and with reference to a wide range of subject areas. The book suggests further reading and directs the reader to excellent examples from research outputs of each method in practice.
This book is essential reading for students with backgrounds in law as well as political and social sciences who wish to understand more about the methods and ethics of conducting Human Rights research.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction – Rhona Smith and Lee Smith
Chapter 2 – Human Rights Based Approaches to Research – Rhona Smith
Chapter 3 – The Doctrinal Approach in International Human Rights Scholarship – Suzanne Egan
Chapter 4 – Legal Theory as a Research Methodology – Lee McConnell
Chapter 5 – Qualitative Methods – Rhona Smith and Lorna Smith
Chapter 6 – Quantitative Analysis – Todd Landman
Chapter 7 – Critical Ethnography and Human Rights Research – William Paul Simmons and Lindsey Feldman
Chapter 8 – Comparative Approaches to Human Rights – Sue Farran
Chapter 9 – ‘Mixing Methods’: Reflections on Compatibility – Rhona Smith and Lee McConnell
Dr Lee McConnell is Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol Law School.
Dr Rhona Smith is Professor of International Human Rights and Head of School (Law) at Newcastle University.