Global Human Rights Institutions

Global Human Rights Institutions

by Gerd Oberleitner
     
 

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The range of global human rights institutions which have been created over the past half century is a remarkable achievement. Yet, their establishment and proliferation raises important questions. Why do states create such institutions and what do they want them to achieve? Does this differ from what the institutions themselves seek to accomplish? Are global human

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The range of global human rights institutions which have been created over the past half century is a remarkable achievement. Yet, their establishment and proliferation raises important questions. Why do states create such institutions and what do they want them to achieve? Does this differ from what the institutions themselves seek to accomplish? Are global human rights institutions effective remedies for violations of human dignity or temples for the performance of stale bureaucratic rituals? What happens to human rights when they are being framed in global institutions?

This book is an introduction to global human rights institutions and to the challenges and paradoxes of institutionalizing human rights. Drawing on international legal scholarship and international relations literature, it examines UN institutions with a human rights mandate, the process of mainstreaming human rights, international courts which adjudicate human rights, and non-governmental human rights organizations.

In mapping the ever more complex network of global human rights institutions it asks what these institutions are and what they are for. It critically assesses and appraises the ways in which global institutions bureaucratize human rights, and reflects on how this process is changing our perception of human rights.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A useful text on advanced undergraduate/postgraduate human rights courses, and as a primer for researchers in the field looking to get a lot of information in one place."
Political Studies Review

"Oberleitner offers a lucid history, topography and enlightening assessments of the work of the major and some of the minor institutions that define the human rights movement today. The volume will be an excellent resource and guide for activists, civil servants, diplomats, researchers, students and their teachers."
J. Paul Martin, Columbia University

"At last we have a comprehensive account of human rights institutions that brings together international relations and international law perspectives. This panorama of a book will prove as valuable to international officials, diplomats and NGOs as it will to academics and their students."
Kevin Boyle, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745654089
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/30/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
357 KB

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Meet the Author

Gerd Oberleitner is Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz.

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