International Human Rights [NOOK Book]


International Human Rights studies the ways in which states and other international actors have addressed human rights since the end of World War II. This unique textbook features substantial attention to the domestic politics of human rights, as well as an extensive emphasis on theory.

The fourth edition is substantially rewritten and reorganized to enhance usability, with new material is added to bring the text up to date. The sections ...
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International Human Rights studies the ways in which states and other international actors have addressed human rights since the end of World War II. This unique textbook features substantial attention to the domestic politics of human rights, as well as an extensive emphasis on theory.

The fourth edition is substantially rewritten and reorganized to enhance usability, with new material is added to bring the text up to date. The sections covering multilateral, bilateral, and transnational action have been broken into seven short chapters, and new case studies provide context and points of comparison. Additionally, nine "problems" have been added to the text, which along with the chapter-ending discussion questions, frame alternative interpretations, highlight controversies, and ultimately aim to provoke further thought and discussion.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Donnelly examines the evolution of the international human rights regime with attention to the human agency at every level—the individual, the state, and the international system. The analysis of policy decisions that have culminated in action on human rights, or the violation of those rights, is both accessible to the student and true to the complex dynamics of an increasingly interconnected global arena. The attention paid in the fourth edition to specific and contemporary challenges makes this an invaluable book for any introduction to human rights."
Julie Mazzei, Kent State University

"The fourth edition of International Human Rights is an excellent update of one of the best human rights texts available for the undergraduate classroom. The insightful discussion questions remain at the end of each chapter, but the addition of the problems integrated with the different subject matter allow for a more interactive, in-depth discussion of the material. Including different geographic and substantive examples of human rights issues, this book is well balanced between theory and practice and considers human rights both in different parts of the world and from different cultural perspectives."
Dana Zartner, University of San Francisco

Praise for prior editions:

"The preeminent introductory textbook for human rights courses by a leading scholar of human rights…Comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date, with excellent discussion questions and a new chapter on terrorism and human rights in the post 9/11 world…A synthetic yet grounded introduction to human rights."
Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota

"The gold standard of human rights texts. Like its predecessors, the third edition is easily accessible and highly informative, and it has a great deal to offer the novice student but also the human rights expert."
Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina-Asheville

"A thoughtful yet accessible introduction t a complex and critical issue. I have found the comprehensive coverage, multiple levels of analysis, combination of principles with case material, and scholarly framework extremely effective in the classroom."
Alison Brysk, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of California-Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813345024
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2012
  • Series: Dilemmas in World Politics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 679,911
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Donnelly is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He has written two other books and over fifty articles and book chapters on the theory and practice of internationally recognized human rights, which have been widely reprinted and translated into eight languages, on the theory and practice of internationally recognized human rights.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Note to the Reader


1 Human Rights as an Issue in World Politics
1. The Emergence of International Human Rights Norms
2. From Cold War to Covenants
3. The 1970s: From Standard Setting to Monitoring
4. The 1980s: Further Growth and Institutionalization
5. The 1990s: Consolidating Progress and Acting Against Genocide
6. International Human Rights After 9/11
7. The Global Human Rights Regime
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

2 Theories of Human Rights
1. The Nature of Human Rights
2. The Source or Justification of Human Rights
3. Equal Concern and Respect
4. Interdependent and Indivisible Human Rights
5. The Duty-Bearers of Human Rights
6. Human Rights and Related Practices
7. Sovereignty, Anarchy, and International Society
8. Three Models of International Human Rights
9. Realism and Human Rights
PROBLEM 1: Democracy and Human Rights
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

3 The Relative Universality of Human Rights
1. Universality and Relativity
2. International Legal Universality
3. Overlapping Consensus Universality
4. Functional Universality
5. Anthropological or Historical Relativity
6. Cultural Relativism
7. Universal Rights, Not Identical Practices
8. Universalism Without Imperialism
9. The Relative Universality of Human Rights
PROBLEM 2: Hate Speech
PROBLEM 3: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

4 The Domestic Politics of Human Rights: Dirty Wars in the Southern Cone
1. Politics Before the Coups
2. Torture and Disappearances
3. The National Security Doctrine
4. Human Rights NGOs
5. The Collapse of Military Rule
6. Nunca Más: Settling Accounts with Torturers and the Past
7. Postscript: Maintaining Civilian Rule
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings


5 Global Multilateral Mechanisms
1. The Human Rights Council
2. The High Commissioner for Human Rights
3. Treaty-Reporting Systems
4. Additional Global Actors
5. Case Study: The Antiapartheid Regime
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

6 Regional Human Rights Regimes
1. The European Regional Regime
2. The Inter-American System
3. The African Regional Regime
4. The Arab World and Asia
5. Case Study: Chile and the Inter-American Commission
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

7 Assessing Multilateral Mechanisms
1. The Evolution of International Human Rights Regimes
2. Assessing Multilateral Human Rights Mechanisms

8 Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: Cold War–Era Cases and Comparisons
1. Anticommunism and American Exceptionalism
2. Case Study: US Policy in Central America
3. Case Study: US Policy in the Southern Cone
4. Case Study: US Policy Toward South Africa
5. Other Western Approaches to International Human Rights
6. Explaining Differences in Human Rights Policies
PROBLEM 4: US Ratification of Human Rights Treaties
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

9 Human Rights and Foreign Policy
1. Human Rights and the National Interest
2. Means and Mechanisms of Bilateral Action
3. The Aims and Effects of Human Rights Policies
4. Foreign Policy and Human Rights Policy
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

10 Transnational Human Rights Advocacy
1. Amnesty International
2. Human Rights Watch
3. Nonpartisan Action
4. NGO Legitimacy
PROBLEM 5: Human Rights Obligations of MNCs
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

11 Comparing International Actors and Evaluating International Action
1. Comparing International Actors
2. The Priority of National Action
3. A System of International Accountability


12 Responding to Human Rights Violations in China: Tiananmen and After
1. China’s Democracy Movement
2. International Responses to Tiananmen
3. Assessing the Impact of International Action
4. Constructive Engagement Revisited
5. Human Rights and Great Power China
PROBLEM 6: Human Rights and “Asian Values”
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

13 Humanitarian Intervention Against Genocide
1. Case Study: Bosnia
2. Case Study: Rwanda
3. Case Study: Kosovo
4. The Authority to Intervene
5. Case Study: East Timor
6. A Right to Humanitarian Intervention Against Genocide
7. Case Study: Sudan
8. Justifying Humanitarian Intervention
9. Types of Justifiability
10. A New Conception of Security
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

14 Globalization, the State, and Human Rights
1. Globalization
2. States and Human Rights
3. Markets and Welfare States
4. Market Democracy and American Foreign Policy
5. An Alliance of States and Human Rights Advocates?
PROBLEM 7:West, South, and Market Redistributions
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings

15 (Anti)Terrorism and Human Rights
1. Human Rights in Post–Cold War American Foreign Policy
2. The Retreat of Human Rights
3. Human Rights, Security, and Foreign Policy
4. The Axis of Evil
5. The War Against Iraq
6. The Waning of the War?
PROBLEM 8: The Absolute Prohibition of Torture
PROBLEM 9: (Anti)Terrorism and Civil Liberties
Discussion Questions
Suggested Readings
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