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The Workings of Human Rights, Law and Justice
A Journey from Nepal to Nobel Nominee

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ISBN 9781032221960
April 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on the personal experience and insight of a leading international jurist, this book provides an alternative, non-Western, perspective on international law and its development. The work follows the author’s remarkable journey from a simple village in Nepal to becoming an international jurist acclaimed for his innovative academic and influential practical legal work and nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. It offers insights into the powers bearing on international policy making, the dynamics of human rights negotiations with governments and the effects of their outcomes on the lives of their citizens. While much has been written on international human rights law, this inspirational memoire casts a new light on the working of human rights, law, and justice through the eyes of a leading actor. It provides a valuable contribution to the study of justice and human rights and the importance of individual action. As such, the book presents an accessible source for current debates around the rules of international law, TWAIL and the decolonisation of law. The book will provide inspiration and practical guidance for students, academics, international lawyers, jurists and human rights advocates.

Table of Contents



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Table of Plates

Chapter 1: The Himalayan Life: From Rebel Leader to Royal Adviser

Chapter 2: The Oxford Years and the Triple Gains

Chapter 3: Life as A Global Citizen in Global Britain

Chapter 4: Contribution to Democracy and Human Rights in Cambodia

Chapter 5: Contribution to Democracy and Human Rights in Nepal

Chapter 6: Candidate for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Chapter 7: Extending the Frontiers of Knowledge in Human Rights

Chapter 8: The Future of Human Rights

Chapter 9: Reflections on My Journey


Appendix: List of My Publications


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Surya P. Subedi QC is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Barrister at Three Stone Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. He has served as the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, as an adviser on human rights to the British Foreign Secretary and as Legal Procedural Adviser to the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He holds a DPhil and a DCL from the University of Oxford. He was elected to the Institut de Droit International in 2011. He has acted as a counsel in several cases before the International Court of Justice.