International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals

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The second edition of this widely acclaimed textbook has been completely revised to include developments in international human rights over the last five years. Retaining its unique approach and style, the book includes questions, problem cases, and a wide range of carefully edited materials from both primary and secondary sources. Gender topics are integrated into the general text where relevant; judicial opinions on constitutional issues by the national courts are also included. This edition offers more topics dealing with cultural variety, such as relating and personal law regimes. In addition, new information is provided on international humanitarian law and the laws of war, including the International Criminal Tribunal.

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Henry Steiner is Jeremiah Smith Jnr Professor of Law and Director of the Law School Human Rights Program, Harvard University.

Philip Alston is Professor of International Law at the European University Institute, Florence

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`'...not only covers international law in force today, it also provides the best insights into the politics and ideologies underlying legal discourse. The book ignited great classroom discussions.' ' Bruno Simma, University of Munich and University of Michigan

`'Steiner and Alston deploy an extraordinary range of materials to explain the forces that shape the formation and implementation of human rights. Their book is an indispensable tool for training the next generation of human rights practitioners, advocates, and scholars.' ' Theodor Meron, New York University School of Law

`'This book is indeed a most remarkable feat. To winnow so much material, to edit them and organize them within an overarching but not intrusive framework is, I would have thought, the work of many a scholarly lifetime.' ' Upendra Baxi, University of Warwick, formerly Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi

`'A splendid book containing an imaginative and stimulating variety of materials with thought-provoking commentary and questions. It is a wonderful teaching tool, as well as a valuable starting point for research ' ' Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University

`'By far the best text in the field a wealth of important, interesting, well-organized, and well-edited materials' ' Paolo Carozza, Notre Dame Law School

`'This is the most stimulating book that I know of in the field of human rights' Georges Abi-Saab, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva ' Georges Abi-Saab, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

`'This coursebook exposes the sharp contradictions and vexing dilemmas in the human rights movement, without concessions to political correctness or rushing to answers. Today's debates are openly tackled, letting the students and teachers further contest the issues raised. The book will long remain the yardstick by which others must be judged.' ' Makau wa Mutua, State University of New York at Buffalo

`provides students with a superb overview of the international and regional human rights systems ... a comprehensive and provocative introduction to the theories of human rights' Penelope Matthew, University of Melbourne, in Australian Yearbook of International Law 1997

`"This is an excellant book with massively authoritative coverage of all aspects of international human rights law".' P R Ghandhi, The University of Reading

`"Very thorough, Judicious selection of materials and thought provoking comment".' Robert Cryer, Manchester University

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