The European Convention on Human Rights : A Commentary by William A. SchabasThe European Convention on Human Rights: A Commentary is the first complete article-by-article commentary on the ECHR and its Protocols in English. This book provides an entry point for every part of the Convention: the substance of the rights, the workings of the Court, and the enforcement of its judgments. A separate chapter is devoted to each distinct provision or article of the Convention as well as to Protocols 1, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 16, which have notbeen incorporated in the Convention itself and remain applicable to present law.Each chapter contains: a short introduction placing the provision within the context of international human rights law more generally; a review of the drafting history or preparatory work of the provision; a discussion of the interpretation of the text and the legal issues, with references to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission on Human Rights; and a selective bibliography on the provision.Through a thorough review of the ECHR this commentary is both exhaustive and concise. It is an accessible resource that is ideal for lawyers, students, journalists, and others with an interest in the world's most successful human rights regime.
Publication Date: 2015-11-20
Human Rights by Margaret Haerens (Editor)Global Viewpoints series
Call Number: JC571.H87 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-04
The Human Rights of Children : From Visions to Implementation by Antonella Invernizzi; Jane Williams (Editor)This volume provides a series of critical analyses of some of the contemporary debates in relation to the human rights of children, resituating them within visions which informed the text of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The studies embrace examination of some of today's widespread interpretations of the CRC, analysis of what is implied by a human rights-based approach in research and advocacy and consideration of advances and barriers to research and to several aspects of CRC implementation. With contributions by leading experts in the field, the book examines the CRC as an international instrument, its inherent dilemmas and some of the debates generated by the challenges of implementation. It embraces examinations of different levels of governance from the international to the state party, regional and local levels, including institutional developments and changes in law, policy and practice. The book will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers working in the area of children's rights and welfare.
Publication Date: 2016-02-24
The Myth of Universal Human Rights by David N. StamosIn this groundbreaking and provocative new book, philosopher of science David N. Stamos challenges the current conceptions of human rights, and argues that the existence of universal human rights is a modern myth. Using an evolutionary analysis to support his claims, Stamos traces the origin of the myth from the English Levellers of 1640s London to our modern day. Theoretical defenses of the belief in human rights are critically examined, including defenses of nonconsensus concepts. In the final chapter Stamos develops a method of naturalized normative ethics, which he then applies to topics routinely dealt with in terms of human rights. In all of this Stamos hopes to show that there is a better way of dealing with matters of ethics and justice, a way that involves applying the whole of our evolved moral being, rather than only parts of it, and that is fiction-free.
Publication Date: 2013-03-30
On Human Rights by James Thomas GriffinWhat is a human right? How can we tell whether a proposed human right really is one? How do we establish the content of particular human rights, and how do we resolve conflicts between them? These are pressing questions for philosophers, political theorists, jurisprudents, international lawyers, and activists. James Griffin offers answers in his compelling new investigation of the foundations of human rights. First, On Human Rights traces the idea of a natural right from its origin in the late Middle Ages, when the rights were seen as deriving from natural laws, through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the original theological background was progressively dropped and'natural law'emptied of most of its original meaning. By the end of the Enlightenment, the term'human rights'(droits de l'homme) appeared, marking the purge of the theological background. But the Enlightenment, in putting nothing in its place, left us with an unsatisfactory, incomplete idea of a human right. Griffin shows how the language of human rights has become debased. There are scarcely any accepted criteria, either in the academic or the public sphere, for correct use of the term. He takes on the task of showing the way towards a determinate concept of human rights, based on their relation to the human status that we all share. He works from certain paradigm cases, such as freedom of expression and freedom of worship, to more disputed cases such as welfare rights - for instance the idea of a human right to health. His goal is a substantive account of human rights - an account with enough content to tell us whether proposed rights really are rights. Griffin emphasizes the practical as well as theoretical urgency of this goal: as the United Nations recognized in 1948 with its Universal Declaration, the idea of human rights has considerable power to improve the lot of humanity around the world. We can't do without the idea of human rights, and we need to get clear about it. It is our job now - the job of this book - to influence and develop the unsettled discourse of human rights so as to complete the incomplete idea.
Publication Date: 2008-04-07
The Promise of Human Rights : Constitutional Government, Democratic Legitimacy, and International Law by Jamie MayerfeldInternational human rights law is sometimes criticized as an infringement of constitutional democracy. Against this view, Jamie Mayerfeld argues that international human rights law provides a necessary extension of checks and balances and therefore completes the domestic constitutional order. In today's world, constitutional democracy is best understood as a cooperative project enlisting both domestic and international guardians to strengthen the protection of human rights. Reasons to support this view may be found in the political philosophy of James Madison, the principal architect of the U.S. Constitution. The Promise of Human Rights presents sustained theoretical discussions of human rights, constitutionalism, democracy, and sovereignty, along with an extended case study of divergent transatlantic approaches to human rights. Mayerfeld shows that the embrace of international human rights law has inhibited human rights violations in Europe whereas its marginalization has facilitated human rights violations in the United States. A longstanding policy of "American exceptionalism" was a major contributing factor to the Bush administration's use of torture after 9/11. Mounting a combination of theoretical and empirical arguments, Mayerfeld concludes that countries genuinely committed to constitutional democracy should incorporate international human rights law into their domestic legal system and accept international oversight of their human rights practices.
Publication Date: 2016-05-27
Rights Angles by Loren E. LomaskyLoren Lomasky is a leading advocate of a rights-based libertarian approach to political and social issues. This volume collects fifteen of his articles that have appeared since his influential volume Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community (OUP, 1987) alongside one new essay. The volume represents Lomasky's more recent efforts at constructing the underpinnings of liberal rights theory, in which he formulates a series of questions about the nature and scope of rights and rights holders.Among the questions Lomasky addresses: In what way is classical utilitarianism fundamentally illiberal? To what extent might utilitarian cost-benefit analyses be admissible within rights-upholding political theory? Does it even make sense to speak of maximizing liberty? How can this be understood in Hobbesian, Kantian, and Rawlsian theoretical settings? In a world in which rights-talk is ubiquitous, what is the role of traditional virtues such as loyalty and charity? Is it inconsistent to espouse both an austere classical liberalism and a social safety net? Liberalism is most often presented as a theory about the internal contours of the state, but how does it speak to the relationships between one state and another? Between the state and would-be immigrants? In a world displaying massive cross-border inequalities, does justice require the extension of aid from the rich to the poor?The book opens with an unpublished essay, "Everything Old is New Again: The Death and Rebirth of Classical Liberalism," which features a history of the century-long decline of traditional liberalism and its remarkable, unanticipated return to vitality in the second half of the 20th century. It then offers the prospectus for a libertarian research program for the next half century."Lomasky is one of the most brilliant political philosophers of his generation and also has a great gift with the pen. He instead picks away at bad arguments and bad rhetoric whether in general agreement with his priors or not. And he likes to entertain unusual twists on arguments. The upshot is a wonderful journey through deep questions in political philosophy and organization."-Peter Boettke, University Professor of Economics & Philosophy, George Mason University
Publication Date: 2016-06-01
The Social Work of Narrative : human rights and the cultural imaginary by Gareth Griffiths (Editor); Philip Mead (Editor)This book addresses the ways in which a range of representational forms have influenced and helped implement the project of human rights across the world, and seeks to show how public discourses on law and politics grow out of and are influenced by the imaginative representations of human rights. It draws on a multi-disciplinary approach, using historical, literary, anthropological, visual arts, and media studies methods and readings, and covers a wider range of geographic areas than has previously been attempted. A series of specifically-commissioned essays by leading scholars in the field and by emerging young academics show how a multidisciplinary approach can illuminate this central concern. Biographische Informationen "Gareth Griffiths is Emeritus Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong. He has published in the fields of post-colonial literatures, secular/sacral relations in the modern world, missions in colonial space, African literatures in English and theatre studies. His many books include: A Double Exile, African and West Indian Literatures in English (1978), African Literatures in English-East and West (2000), he has co-authored The Empire Writes Back (1989) and co-edited The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (1995), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies (1998), Mixed Messages: Materality, Textuality (2005), Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies (2003) and co-authored Indigenous Evangelists and Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750-1940 (2015). Professor Philip Mead is Chair of Australian Literature, University of Western Australia, and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies, Harvard University (2015-16). Philip Mead’s research is at the intersections of national and transnational literary studies, cultural history and theory, poetics, literary education, and digital humanities. He has published in the fields of literary history, Indigenous Studies, social memory, literary education, and postcolonial poetics. His books include Networked Language: Culture and History in Australian Poetry (2010), An Introduction to the Literature of Tasmania (2016), and Antipodal Shakespeare: Remembering and Forgetting in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, 1916-2016 (with Gordon McMullan) (2016)
Canadian Museum for Human Rights: StoriesThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which opened in Winnipeg in 2014, "fosters an appreciation for the importance of human rights, spurs informed dialogue and invites participants to identify the contemporary relevance of past and present human rights events, both at home and abroad." As part of this mission, the museum offers dozens of thoughtful and informative stories sharing narratives about current and historical human rights issues both in Canada and around the world. For example, a featured story focuses on Canadian anti-segregationist activist Viola Desmond spoke out against injustice and "became the first Canadian woman featured on a regularly circulating Canadian $10 bill." Stories are tagged with categories such as "civil and political rights" and "human rights violations," which visitors can use to browse by theme, but it may be easiest to simply view all of the stories and browse them by title. In addition to photos and images, many of the museum's stories incorporate videos and suggestions of further reading, and virtually all of the stories include questions designed to encourage reflection and empathy among their readers.
Facing History and Ourselves: Universal Declaration of Human RightsFacing History and Ourselves is bringing equity and justice to the forefront of classroom curriculums. Their powerful work is no stranger to the Scout Report, and readers may remember the full trove of educator resources featured in the 09-25-2015 issue. In honor of Human Rights Day, instructors may want to explore a subset of the site's curriculum offerings focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This 11-part syllabus "leads students through a deep exploration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from the history of its creation to its legacy in today's global community." The first lesson provides historical context, linking to a timeline and introductory reading. Subsequent lessons address drafting and delegates, how to define and defend rights, and the impact (and future impact) of the document, among other themes. Activities, guiding questions, and handouts are scattered throughout the lessons. Depending on how much time educators wish to devote to the curriculum, they can use it in its entirety or choose individual lesson plans, all of which are previewed on the main page.
Illustrated Version of the Declaration of Human RightsYesterday, December 10, the world celebrated Human Rights Day, a day commemorating the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This Declaration is available in hundreds of languages; in fact, it "is the most translated document in the world," and forms the basis of many of our universal conceptions of justice and equality. Explore this important document at the link above. In addition to reading the text, viewers will also find a unique illustration accompanying each of the 30 articles. This creative edition is perfect for educators searching for primary documents for young learners. Readers can flip through the embedded book or download the entire document as a PDF. The special edition was a collaboration between artist Yacine Ait Kaci, the United Nations Regional information Centre, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights-Regional Office for Europe.
On-call ScientistsOn-call Scientists, a project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program (SRHRL), facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships that allow individuals in STEM fields to use their unique skills to contribute to human rights organizations. The program's definition of "scientist" is broad, so whether an individual is a social scientist, health professional, or engineer, there are opportunities to participate. Since its launch in 2008, the program has garnered more than 1,000 volunteers from all over the world. Scientists have contributed their skills to address a range of human rights issues, from forensic scientists analyzing the remains of genocide victims to geographers using their technology experistise to chart displacement, and worked with a variety of organizations, from Human Rights Watch to statewide Innocence Projects. Readers interested in joining the rank of volunteers should check out the Volunteer tab for more details (note that contributions are entirely pro bono). Those interested in connecting their organization to volunteers will find information under the Host a Volunteer tab (note that volunteer assistance is limited to human rights organizations). The SRHRL team screens and connects volunteers and hosts to ensure successful partnerships. Have a short-term, time sensitive need for a scientist's input? Check out the On-call Scientists Hotline tab to connect with this limited-scope service.
Encyclopedia of Human Rights in the United States by H. Victor CondeThis title offers easy to grasp explanations of the basic concepts and laws in the field, with emphasis on human rights in the historical, political, and legal experience of the United States. This indispensable resource surveys the legal protection of human dignity in the United States, examines the sources of human rights norms, cites key legal cases, explains the role of international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and charts global, regional, and UN human rights measures
Publication Date: 2017
Blogs and Podcasts
Better Human PodcastBetter Human, a podcast by London-based human rights lawyer Adam Wagner, welcomes listeners into fascinating conversations about human rights law and principles. Wagner launched the podcast with three goals. First, Wagner seeks to discuss complex human rights issues. Second, the podcast breaks down important human rights concepts into accessible terms. And third, the show hopes to answer the fundamental question, "can human rights make our societies better?" Readers interested in human rights history may enjoy Episode 7, "The fascinating inside story of the Human Rights Act's birth." This episode discusses how the UK passed the Human Rights Act 1998, "its first modern bill of rights." Readers may also be interested in a series of episodes on the intersection of COVID-19 and human rights law. The podcast is supported by the Goldsmiths University Law Department and individual donors. Listeners will find the show on most podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Spotify, and RadioPublic, and may also wish to follow the show on Twitter, @BHumanPodcast.
Breaking the Wall of Human Rights Violations: How Advocacy and Activism Pave the Way for Rights and DignityAfter more than 50 years of activity, Amnesty International does not slow down its commitment to promoting freedom and justice worldwide. It recently made headlines with reports on the human rights violations committed by Turkish authorities during the Gezi Park protests. It engages a controversial debate with Barack Obama to remind him of his promise to close the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. But most of all, the organization, strong of over 3 million supporters, is engaging a new strategy to increase its global relevance in the protection of human rights. The effort is led by Salil Shetty, the organization’s eighth Secretary General. A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, where he played a key role in promoting global awareness on the Millennium Development Goals, and chief executive of ActionAid, which he helped transform into one of the world’s foremost international development NGOs. Son of a campaigning journalist and a feminist activist, Salil Shetty studied at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and at the London School of Economics. For Shetty, Amnesty needs to become truly international and more grassroots-oriented – especially in countries like India and Brazil as well as on the African continent. At Falling Walls, Salil Shetty presents his vision for human rights today.
Human RightsFor many of us, the right to express our ideas and live how we choose is something we take for granted. But these rights and many others have come as the result of years of hard work and deliberation. In this program we learn what human rights are and why they are important. We meet some human rights experts who provide an insight into the value of human rights and the terrible consequences of compromising these rights. We also look at the development of human rights, the United Nations, promoting and enforcing human rights, protecting human rights in Australia and contemporary issues in human rights.
Humanitarian Intervention Does More Harm Than Good: A DebateThe international community currently faces a global refugee crisis and mass atrocities in Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and other countries. How should the West respond? Proponents of humanitarian intervention—the use of force to halt human rights abuses—argue that the world’s most powerful nations have a responsibility to protect innocent people around the planet. Beyond saving lives, they contend, intervention deters would-be abusers and ensures global stability, thereby strengthening peace, security, and order. But opponents argue that humanitarian intervention is a thinly veiled form of imperialism that imposes Western values on other nations and undermines state sovereignty and independence. It's also often ineffective, they add, and can increase death tolls and worsen the conflicts it sets out to resolve. Does humanitarian intervention do more harm than good?
People for Sale"You are watching the auction of human beings." With those words, CNN's award-winning investigative journalist Nima Elbagir shattered the world's hope that slavery was confined to history. Elbagir's explosive under-cover footage shows Libyan "auctioneers" selling African migrants in an open-air market for as little as $400 USD. They call the men "merchandise." CNN's investigation ignited protests around the world, prompted world leaders to issue harsh condemnation and touched off investigations in Libya, Europe and the United Nations. Now Elbagir and her team push the story forward as the CNN Freedom Project explores Libya's detention centers, documents numerous migrants' testimonies of ransom, torture and death, and examines the underlying political motivations that helped set these modern-day human rights atrocities in motion.
What in the World, Series 2this series illustrates the human consequences of global economic inequalities and human rights violations, by focusing on how people encounter these issues on a daily basis.
Where Human Rights and the Environment Intersect: Jan van de VenisThis episode of the Green Interview features Jan van de Venis, an extraordinary Dutch lawyer who lives at the intersection of human rights and sustainable development. He’s deeply concerned about the human right to drinkable water for instance but industrial developments often use vast quantities of water and leave it totally contaminated. Sustainable development therefore has to respect the human right to drinkable water and so in addition to running his own law firm Just Law in Utrecht Jan van de Venis is also Director of the Legal Desk at the Swiss water conservation group WaterLex. He’s also cofounder of a public service organization called Stand Up For Your Rights and the President of Grrrowd, which uses crowd funding to support and protect environmental protectors around the world. He’s a member of the influential network of Dutch leaders called World Connectors and within World Connectors he leads the effort to create a new position within governments called the Ombudsperson for Future Generations. Indeed he’s sometimes described as the Netherlands own shadow Ombudsperson for Future Generations.
DVDs in the Library Catalog
The Story of Human Rights by United for Human RightsCovers the history of human rights and focuses on the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Call Number: DVD JC571.S76 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Columbia Human Rights Law ReviewLaunched in 1968 and published triannually, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR) highlights scholarly legal analysis of domestic and international civil liberties and human rights issues. Though it is currently on its 51st volume, the journal has only been open-access since 2019. Nonetheless, readers will still find plenty of scholarship to sift through, including the Spring 2020 issue on capital punishment and Fall and Winter 2019 issues with various themes, from social media to asylum. Additionally, the link provides access to content from the HRLR Online, which also publishes scholarship on a breadth of issues. For example, a September 2020 article, "Law, Development and Access to Education: A Brazilian Case Study of Class Actions," explores how class actions serve as a venue for access to justice, and a May 2020 article, "'Territory is Everything': Afro-Colombian Communities, Human Rights and Illegal Land Grabs," discusses the multifaceted discriminatory forces threatening rural Afro-Colombian women's land rights. Both HRLR and HRLR Online articles can be read online or downloaded as PDFs. The journal is currently led by Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Lowell (Columbia Law 2021).