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Routledge Studies in Human Rights


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The Routledge Human Rights series publishes high quality and cross-disciplinary scholarship on topics of key importance in human rights today. In a world where human rights are both celebrated and contested, this series is committed to create stronger links between disciplines and explore new methodological and theoretical approaches in human rights research. Aimed towards both scholars and human rights professionals, the series strives to provide both critical analysis and policy-oriented research in an accessible form. The series welcomes work on specific human rights issues as well as on cross-cutting themes and institutional perspectives.

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Protecting Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Protecting Human Rights Defenders at Risk

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alice M. Nah
November 23, 2020

This book assesses the construction, operation and effects of the international protection regime for human rights defenders, which has evolved significantly over the last twenty years in response to the risks people face as they promote and protect human rights. Drawing upon the experiences of ...

Actualizing Human Rights Global Inequality, Future People, and Motivation

Actualizing Human Rights Global Inequality, Future People, and Motivation

1st Edition

Jos Philips
May 20, 2020

This book argues that ultimately human rights can be actualized, in two senses. By answering important challenges to them, the real-world relevance of human rights can be brought out; and people worldwide can be motivated as needed for realizing human rights. Taking a perspective from moral and ...

Why Human Rights Still Matter in Contemporary Global Affairs

Why Human Rights Still Matter in Contemporary Global Affairs

1st Edition

Mahmood Monshipouri
May 14, 2020

This book elucidates why human rights still matter in contemporary global affairs, and what can lead to better protection of international human rights in a post-liberal order. It blends theoretical, empirical, and normative perspectives, while providing much-needed analysis in light of the perils...

Fundamental Rights Challenges in Border Controls and Expulsion of Irregular Immigrants in the European Union Complaint Mechanisms and Access to Justice

Fundamental Rights Challenges in Border Controls and Expulsion of Irregular Immigrants in the European Union Complaint Mechanisms and Access to Justice

1st Edition

Sergio Carrera, Marco Stefan
February 12, 2020

This edited volume examines the extent to which the various authorities and actors currently performing border management and expulsion-related tasks are subject to accountability mechanisms capable of delivering effective remedies and justice for abuses suffered by migrants and asylum seekers. ...

Extending International Human Rights Protections to Vulnerable Populations

Extending International Human Rights Protections to Vulnerable Populations

1st Edition

Raymond A. Smith
October 08, 2019

This book inductively develops a new typology that identifies and evaluates three principal strategies that have been, and are being, used to extend international human rights protections to new categories of vulnerable populations. The book explicates the evolution and ongoing utility of the ...

Politics of International Human Rights Law Promotion in Western Europe Order versus Justice

Politics of International Human Rights Law Promotion in Western Europe Order versus Justice

1st Edition

Koldo Casla
June 20, 2019

This book offers a critical reinterpretation of Western European States’ programmatic support for International Human Rights Law (IHRL) since the 1970s. It examines the systemic or structural constraints inherent to the international legal system and argues that order trumps justice in Western ...

Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy Prevarications and Evasions

Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy Prevarications and Evasions

1st Edition

Clair Apodaca
May 21, 2019

Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy provides a comprehensive historical overview and analysis of the complex and often vexing problem of understanding the formation of U.S. human rights policy. The proper place of human rights and fundamental freedoms in U.S. foreign policy has long been debated ...

Truth, Silence and Violence in Emerging States Histories of the Unspoken

Truth, Silence and Violence in Emerging States Histories of the Unspoken

1st Edition

Aidan Russell
November 19, 2018

Around the world in the twentieth century, political violence in emerging states gave rise to different kinds of silence within their societies. This book explores the histories of these silences, how they were made, maintained, evaded, and transformed. This book gives a comprehensive view of the ...

Extraordinary Rendition Addressing the Challenges of Accountability

Extraordinary Rendition Addressing the Challenges of Accountability

1st Edition

Elspeth Guild, Didier Bigo, Mark Gibney
April 19, 2018

The US led programme of extraordinary rendition created profound challenges for the international system of human rights protection and rule of law. This book examines the efforts of authorities in Europe and the US to re-establish rule of law and respect for human rights through the investigation ...

Human Rights in Democracies

Human Rights in Democracies

1st Edition

Peter Haschke
November 02, 2017

Violations of the right to the physical integrity of the person, such as torture, cruel and unusual punishment, extra-judicial executions, disappearances, and political imprisonment have long been treated as an anomaly in democratically governed societies. In the current literature on human rights,...

Understanding Statelessness

Understanding Statelessness

1st Edition

Tendayi Bloom, Katherine Tonkiss, Phillip Cole
June 07, 2017

Understanding Statelessness offers a comprehensive, in-depth examination of statelessness. The volume presents the theoretical, legal and political concept of statelessness through the work of leading critical thinkers in this area. They offer a critique of the existing framework through detailed ...

Sovereignty, State Failure and Human Rights Petty Despots and Exemplary Villains

Sovereignty, State Failure and Human Rights Petty Despots and Exemplary Villains

1st Edition

Neil A. Englehart
May 15, 2017

This book argues that the effectiveness of the state apparatus is one of the crucial variables determining human rights conditions, and that state weakness and failure is responsible for much of the human rights abuses we see today. Weak states are unable to control their own agents or to police ...

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