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International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice

Front Cover - International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice

Sixth Edition 


Hurst Hannum
Professor of International Law
Tufts University
The Fletcher School

S. James Anaya
Dean
University of Colorado Boulder Law School

Dinah L. Shelton
Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law Emeritus
George Washington University School of Law

Rosa Celorio
Senior Attorney, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Adjunct Law Professor, George Washington University Law School

2017. 1300 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7666-3.

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About the Book

The Sixth Edition of International Human Rights provides students with an accessible, problem-based pedagogy that forces them consider the fundamental human rights issues of from political and legal perspectives. Balancing practical considerations and underlying theory, this outstanding and newly expanded authorship team delivers a comprehensive text that examines the historical underpinnings and contemporary considerations that animate human rights efforts across the globe.  

New to the Sixth Edition:
  • Authors have streamlined the text by rearranging the contents to be more intuitive, eliminating the underutilized section on International Criminal Law and reapportioning those materials elsewhere, and condensing the International Humanitarian Law section.
  • Thoroughly updated to include recent scholarship, reports from International Tribunals, and changes in International Human Rights landscape, including those involving:
o Human Rights of Older Persons
o Protections to Indigenous Populations
o The Syrian Conflict
o Agreements on Nuclear Weapons
o Detention of Enemy Combatants. 
o Violence against Women
o Human Rights and Multinational Corporations
o Accountability in Peacekeeping Operations
o Application of International Law in Domestic Tribunals
o Targeting Killings Procedures
o Modern Disputes in European Tribunals
o The Inter-American Human Rights System
  • Incorporation of recent resolutions from international tribunals and decisions for international adjudicatory bodies. 
Casebook Features: 
  • Problem-oriented focus designed to help students understand contemporary debates about human rights from a political as well as legal perspective. 
  • Emphasis on practical issues that influence the application, implementation, and development of human rights laws. 
  • Comprehensive coverage that highlights substantive discussion of human rights jurisprudence and conflicts in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
  • Presentations of differing views on the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention in Kosovo, Rwanda, Darfur, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere.
  • Discussion of the theoretical foundations of human rights, cultural relativism, and sovereignty. 
  • Examination of historical developments in human rights as well as modern issues and conflicts.

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