In Europe, from the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty to policy changes in countering terrorism, 2009 was a year rich in legal and political developments that directly implicate human rights. Among the growing intensity of human rights practice and scholarship, even experienced scholars find it difficult to keep track. Recognizing the necessity to identify and critically assess key developments in the human rights field in Europe and the world, this second volume of the European Yearbook on Human Rights brings together 24 contributions by renowned human rights experts who provide a much-needed overview. Edited jointly by representatives of four major European human rights institutions, the Yearbook offers an innovative structure which allows for quick orientation and direct access to the many facets of Europe's culture of human rights protection. The Yearbook contains extensive sections on developments in the field of the three main organizations charged with securing human rights in Europe: the EU, the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. It also looks at the role of civil society in human rights protection and at multidisciplinary topics. Holistic in its approach, rich in information, and highly useful in its analyses, European Yearbook on Human Rights 10 provides a comprehensive overview of Europe's human rights situation in 2009.
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