The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights brings together a diverse body of work from around the globe and across a wide range of criminological topics and perspectives, united by its critical application of human rights law and principles. This collection explores the interdisciplinary reach of criminology and is the first of its kind to link criminology and human rights.
This text is divided into six sections, each with an introduction and an overview provided by one of the editors. The opening section makes an assessment of the current standing of human rights within the discipline. Each of the remaining sections corresponds to a substantive area of harm prevention and social control which together make up the main core of contemporary criminology, namely:
- criminal law in practice;
- transitional justice, peacemaking and community safety;
- policing in all its guises;
- traditional and emerging approaches to criminal justice;
- and penality, both within and beyond the prison.
This Handbook forms an authoritative foundation on which future teaching and research about human rights and criminology can be built. This multi-disciplinary text is an essential companion for criminologists, sociologists, legal scholars and political scientists.
"The Handbook covers an extensive list of themes that view the significance of human rights for social justice, policing, punishment, justice systems, law and governance and the development of criminology itself. This ambitious Handbook is the first major attempt to bring human rights out of the fringe and to the fore of criminological debate. It is breathtaking in its scope. The 53 chapters are authored by an inter-disciplinary group of distinguished, cutting-edge and early career scholars – an impressive feat in itself. This is a superb example of trans-nationalising the discipline by bringing together scholars from the global north and south. The Handbook is an essential source of original and diverse scholarship that brings criminology and human rights perspectives together. It will appeal to a broad range of scholars across a number of disciplines well beyond criminology. It is also vital reading for policy makers, legislators and human rights activists and organisations across the world. I thoroughly commend it."
Kerry Carrington, Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"For years many of us have bemoaned the lack of synergy between human rights and criminological scholarship. Happily, criminologists and human rights scholars are increasingly talking to each other and this diverse and rich collection marks an important milestone in that development. The editors and contributors are to be warmly congratulated."
Kieran McEvoy, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland