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Human Rights in International Relations

4th Edition

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Part of Themes in International Relations

  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316635186
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  • This fourth edition of David P. Forsythe's successful textbook provides an authoritative and timely analysis of the place of human rights in an age of upheaval in international politics. Human rights standards are examined at the global, regional and national levels, with separate chapters on transnational corporations and advocacy groups. Completely updated and revised, the fourth edition takes account of new sources and recent scholarship, as well as recent events, such as the Syrian war, the rise of ISIS, refugee flows, South Sudan crises, and the resurgence of nationalism. A new chapter has been added on the media and human rights, covering both traditional and social media. Examining attempts to protect human rights by various actors, such as the United Nations, the European Union, transnational corporations, and the media, the book stresses that the open-ended fate of universal human rights depends on human agency in this context. Containing further reading suggestions and discussion questions, this textbook is a vital resource for courses on human rights in an international context.

    • Revised and updated throughout to take account of new sources and recent scholarship
    • Recent events are incorporated, including the Syrian war, refugee flows, South Sudan crises, the resurgence of nationalism, and the UK's debates about the European Court of Human Rights
    • Features a new chapter on media and human rights, covering both traditional and social media
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A thoughtful, comprehensive, and timely treatment of the urgent issues of human rights framed solidly in the tradition of international relations. Forsythe's text is an outstanding introduction and essential reference on world politics and the fate of liberal values.' Alison Brysk, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'Forsythe continues his mission to clarify and update via an impressive, illuminating and engaging analysis of one of the most powerful political impulses of the contemporary era.' Ramesh Thakur, Australian National University

    'David Forsythe's Human Rights in International Relations maintains his reputation for excellence. I have found the [previous] editions to be essential teaching texts, very popular with my students, without which I could not cover the entire range of topics necessary in a comprehensive political science course on human rights.' Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario

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    13th Jun 2018 by Idajoh92

    The slow pace of human rights implementation in Africa and why does the government go unpunished after violation of the citizen's rights?

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316635186
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Foundations:
    1. Introduction: human rights in international relations
    2. Establishing human rights standards
    Part II. Implementing Human Rights Standards:
    3. Global application of human rights norms
    4. Transitional justice
    5. Regional application of human rights norms
    6. Human rights and foreign policy in comparative perspective
    7. Non-governmental organizations and human rights
    8. Transnational corporations and human rights
    9. The communications media and human rights: traditional and social domains
    Part III. Conclusion:
    10. The politics of liberalism in a realist world.

  • Author

    David P. Forsythe, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    David P. Forsythe is University Professor Emeritus and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Geneva and Utrecht, and in 2008 he held the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair of Human Rights and International Studies at the Danish Institute of International Studies, Copenhagen. He has also been on staff for the United Nations University in Tokyo and has been a consultant to both the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Refugees and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In 2012, he was given the Career Achievement Award by the Academic Senate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the Phi Beta Kappa national office in Washington, DC selected him as a national Visiting Scholar for 2013–14.

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