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International Human Rights Law
Cases, Materials, Commentary

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107657212

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  • The leading textbook on international human rights law is now better than ever. The content has been fully updated and now provides more detailed coverage of substantive human rights, along with new sections on the war on terror and on the progressive realization of economic and social rights, making this the most comprehensive book in the field. It has a new, more student-friendly text design and has retained the features which made the first edition so engaging and accessible, including the concise and critical style, and questions and case studies within each chapter, as well as suggestions for further reading. Written by De Schutter, whose extensive experience working in the field and teaching the subject in both the US and EU gives him a unique perspective and valuable insight into the requirements of lecturers and students. This is an essential tool for all students of international human rights law.

    • The engaging and critical style, integrated materials including questions and case studies in each chapter, and separate further reading section, combine with the new text design to ensure students gain a deep understanding of this complex subject
    • New edition has been fully updated and includes more detailed coverage of substantive human rights, climate change and international human rights law theory, ensuring this one book provides students with all the materials they need to succeed
    • Offers a unique perspective, reflecting the author's experiences of both working in the field and teaching in the EU and the US
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Olivier De Schutter's International Human Rights Law offers detailed coverage of an increasingly complex legal discipline. Emphasizing the 'hybrid character of human rights', the author skillfully relies on comparative material to illustrate the theoretical framework proposed. This course book is not only an impressive compilation of cases, diplomatic documents and comments. With a robust analytical structure, this important collection of material is put in context, stimulating debate and provoking discussion. The textbook constitutes a guide through the domain of international human rights law, its rules, institutions and processes. It brings to light the 'unique human rights grammar'. [This book] is an essential tool not only for students, but also for scholars and practitioners. It is a major contribution to the better understanding of a self-contained discipline that is as important as ever.' Dean Spielmann, President, European Court of Human Rights

    'Olivier De Schutter is a leading scholar in the field of human rights on the European and international scene. After the first edition of his International Human Rights Law in 2010, this second and revised edition, including in particular chapters on human rights in the context of terrorism and on the progressive realization of economic and social rights, is a masterpiece. Taking an in-depth look at, in turn, the sources of international human rights law, the states' obligations and the mechanisms of protection, this book is a rock-solid foundation for all those concerned with human rights. It is today the most intelligent, authoritative, comprehensive, stimulating textbook, which makes it a unique and indispensable companion.' Françoise Tulkens, Former Vice-President, European Court of Human Rights

    'This new edition of Olivier De Schutter's International Human Rights Law: Cases, Materials, Commentary is an important addition to the growing body of educational materials in international human rights law. The book is comprehensive from substantive and procedural perspectives. It is detailed, yet accessible, and provides in depth coverage of the sources of human rights law, the obligations pertaining to these rights, and the mechanisms for implementation and supervision. The author has achieved an exceptional balance between primary materials and commentary, which makes it highly useful for the students and lecturers alike. The questions at the end of each section will challenge the students and stimulate debate as well as further study.' Sigrun Skogly, Lancaster University

    'Olivier de Schutter brings an outstanding level of academic rigour, deep knowledge and breadth of practical experience to the field of international human rights law. This second edition of an already definitive work is greatly to be welcomed.' Conor Gearty, London School of Economics and Political Science

    '[This] book is an invaluable resource in international human rights law for students, academics and practitioners. It provides a clear commentary, judicious selection of case law, legislation, academic debates, critically styled questions as well as case studies in each chapter and suggestions on further reading are intuitive.' Oluwarotimi Charles Olubokun, International Human Rights Law Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107657212
    • length: 1121 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 48 mm
    • weight: 2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Sources:
    1. The emergence of international human rights
    2. State responsibility and 'jurisdiction'
    Part II. The Substantive Obligations:
    3. The typology of States' obligations and the obligation to respect human rights
    4. The application of human rights in private relationships and the obligation to protect
    5. The progressive realization of human rights and the obligation to fulfil
    6. Derogations in time of public emergency
    7. The prohibition of discrimination
    Part III. The Mechanisms of Protection:
    8. Ensuring compliance with international human rights law: the role of national authorities
    9. The United Nations human rights treaties system
    10. The United Nations Charter-based monitoring of human rights
    11. Regional mechanisms of protection.

  • Author

    Olivier De Schutter, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
    Olivier De Schutter is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008–14) and a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. A professor at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at the College of Europe and a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, he has been Visiting Professor at a number of institutions, including Columbia University (2008–13). From 2002 to 2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union. Between 2004 and 2008, he was the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights.

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