Human Rights in International Relations / Edition 3

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This new textbook provides an introduction to human rights in international relations at the turn of the twenty-first century. The book examines the policy-making process that establishes and tries to apply human rights norms through the United Nations, regional organizations, state foreign policy, human rights groups, and transnational corporations. Four themes permeate the book: that human rights are here to stay in international relations, that state sovereignty is being transformed by the human rights discourse, that the ‘soft’ law of diplomacy is as important as the ‘hard’ law of court judgments, and that private actors are highly important in international human rights developments. The book documents the many changes in international human rights during the past half-century, and considers the future of universal human rights. Containing chapter-by-chapter guides to further reading and discussion questions, this book will be of interest to all undergraduate and graduate students of human rights, and their teachers.
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'David Forsythe's … analyses of the impact of human rights in changing the nature and practice of state sovereignty, of the importance of soft diplomacy, and of the role of private actors are especially important contributions that will be welcomed by the human rights community.' Ramesh Thakur, United Nations University

'An excellent update of a textbook very popular with my students. The chapters on transitional justice, non-governmental organizations, and international business are especially worthwhile, as is the discussion of foreign policies of countries other than the United States.' Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, Global Studies Program, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107629844
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Series: Themes in International Relations
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Forsythe is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of numerous International Relations titles including The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red Cross (2005) and Human Rights and US Foreign Policy: Congress Reconsidered (1988) which won the Manning J. Dauer Prize.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : human rights in international relations 3
2 Establishing human rights standards 29
3 Global application of human rights norms 57
4 Transitional justice : criminal courts and alternatives 89
5 Regional application of human rights norms 121
6 Human rights and foreign policy in comparative perspective 152
7 Non-governmental organizations and human rights 188
8 Transnational corporations and human rights 218
9 The politics of liberalism in a realist world 251
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