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Overview

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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'The idea of human rights is so powerful that those who would violate it in the privacy of their torture chambers are compelled to swear fealty to it in global public discourse. David Forsythe draws our attention to the tension between personal rights and the workings of the interstate system in a world in which the human rights norm, including international humanitarian law, is ever more firmly established yet actual protections have come under growing stress in practice. The resilience of the norm has contributed to changes in the nature of state sovereignty. In this third edition of a well-regarded and well-established textbook, 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

'The third edition of David Forsythe's Human Rights in International Relations maintains his reputation for excellence. I have found the first two 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. This edition brings students right up to date, with analysis of such events as the Arab spring and the Obama administration's actions with regard to Guantanamo Bay.' Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, 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 Forsythe is Professor Emeritus 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.

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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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