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International Human Rights Law : Cases, Materials, Commentary - Olivier de Schutter

International Human Rights Law

Cases, Materials, Commentary

Paperback Published: 7th August 2014
ISBN: 9781107657212
Number Of Pages: 1121

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How do you keep students motivated when their perception of a subject conflicts with the reality of its academic study? International human rights law, unquestionably an exciting field, is also complex and demanding. With his breakthrough textbook, De Schutter focuses on international human rights law as a global legal system, rather than as a collection of different (though related) rights, giving it relevance and immediacy. Drawing on cases and materials from a wide range of sources, it shows how human rights law is used as a tool to address contemporary issues such as counter-terrorism, global poverty and religious diversity. Materials are organized thematically, allowing readers to make comparisons and connections between different legal treaties and systems. Students can also easily assess how human rights are protected under domestic and international laws. The law is placed in context throughout, ensuring full understanding of why laws exist and how they work.

'This remarkable casebook by one of the most brilliant and creative scholars of his generation will be an essential companion for anyone wishing to understand and reflect on the theoretical as well as the practical issues to which the extraordinary development of fundamental rights has given rise at the universal, regional and national levels.' Francoise Tulkens, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

'Through its combined use of international and domestic materials, this groundbreaking book will help readers understand human rights and its inter-related components as a coherent system.' Asbjorn Eide, Professor and former Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo

'Well structured and well written. I would be more than willing to recommend this book as compulsory reading for my students.' Caroline Fournet, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

Olivier De Schutter is the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and Professor of Human Rights Law at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and at the College of Europe. A member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, he has been Visiting Professor at a number of institutions, most recently at Columbia University. 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. From 2004 until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, 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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'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.' Francoise 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
"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." Francoise 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

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.

ISBN: 9781107657212
ISBN-10: 1107657210
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1121
Published: 7th August 2014
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 17.27  x 5.33
Weight (kg): 2.15
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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