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The question often asked is 'where is a good starting place for learning about international human rights?' The answer now is Donnelly's International Human Rights. Eminently readable, chock-full of information, Donnelly's book is a must-read." (Human Rights Quarterly)

In this new edition, Jack Donnelly updates his classic text on the rise of human rights issues since World War II to reflect the new challenges posed by globalization and the war on terrorism. The third edition includes two entirely new chapters on the Universality of Human Rights and Terrorism, and focuses on the recent emergence of nonstate actors such as the UN and NGO's.

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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: 9780813343266
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Dilemmas in World Politics
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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

List of Tables and Boxes
List of Acronyms
Introduction: A Note to the Reader 1
1 Human Rights as an Issue in World Politics 3
The Emergence of International Human Rights Norms 4
From Cold War to Covenants 7
The 1970s: From Standard Setting to Monitoring 9
The 1980s: Further Growth and Institutionalization 11
The 1990s: Continuity and Change in the Post-Cold War Era 13
2 Theories of Human Rights 18
The Nature of Human Rights 18
The Source or Justification of Human Rights 20
Lists of Human Rights 22
Human Rights and the Society of States 26
Realism and Human Rights 30
Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights 32
3 The Domestic Politics of Human Rights: The Case of the Southern Cone 36
Politics Before the Coups 36
Torture and Disappearances 38
The National Security Doctrine 40
Human Rights NGOs 43
The Collapse of Military Rule 45
Nunca Mas: Settling Accounts with Torturers and the Past 46
4 The Multilateral Politics of Human Rights 51
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights 51
Treaty-Reporting Systems 57
Workers' Rights and Apartheid 62
Regional Human Rights Regimes 68
Assessing Multilateral Human Rights Mechanisms 82
5 Human Rights and Foreign Policy 86
Central Issues in U.S. International Human Rights Policy 86
Central America and U.S. Human Rights Policy 91
The United States and the Southern Cone 101
U.S. Policy Toward South Africa 103
Other Western Approaches to International Human Rights 107
Explaining Differences in International Human Rights Policies 110
6 Responding to Tiananmen 115
China's Democracy Movement 115
International Responses to Tiananmen 120
Assessing the Impact of International Action 126
Constructive Engagement Revisited 128
Postscript: Asian Values 131
7 War and Genocide in the Former Yugoslavia 136
Background to the Conflict 136
War and Genocide 138
The International Response 139
New Patterns and Precedents 144
Nationalism and Human Rights 146
8 International Human Rights in a Post-Cold War World 149
Ideology and Intervention 149
Sovereignty, Power, and Interdependence 151
Democracy and Human Rights 153
Markets and Human Rights 159
International Human Rights Policy in a New World Order 161
Appendix Universal Declaration of Human Rights 165
Discussion Questions 169
Notes 181
Suggested Readings 191
Glossary 201
Index 205
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