4th Edition

Texts and Materials on International Human Rights

By Rhona K.M. Smith Copyright 2020
    646 Pages
    by Routledge

    646 Pages
    by Routledge

    Texts and Materials on International Human Rights offers a carefully tailored overview of the subject that covers sources and theories, institutions and structures, and substantive rights. The fourth edition is fully updated to include all key developments in the law, in particular issues around reform in the UN and the topical application of human rights around the world.

    This collection of materials offers a comprehensive overview of the institutional structures relevant to international human rights law, crucial to the understanding of how law works in this challenging area. Designed to guide students through the fundamental texts for this subject, the author’s commentary contextualises each extract to explain its relevance, while highlighted further reading makes links to cutting-edge academic commentary to provide next steps for student research.

    Offering a clear text design that distinguishes between materials and author commentary, and including reflective questions throughout to aid understanding, this book is ideal for students seeking to engage with the key issues in the study of international human rights.

    1 Sources of international human rights

    2 Key concepts: universality, interdependence and categories of rights

    3 States and treaty obligations

    4 Human rights organisations and key institutions: United Nations and international entities

    5 Regional human rights organisations and key institutions

    6 Monitoring and enforcing human rights: extra-conventional mechanisms

    7 Implementing human rights treaties: committees and courts

    8 Extending the duties to protect and respect human rights: non-State actors

    9 Children

    10 Human rights defenders

    11 Indigenous peoples

    12 Prisoners, detainees and convicts

    13 Refugees, stateless persons and internally displaced persons

    14 Women

    15 Emerging issues and challenges


    Dr Rhona K.M. Smith is Professor of International Human Rights at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University.