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International Human Rights Law

Returning to Universal Principles

Mark Gibney

This clear and compelling book challenges the reader to rethink the entire basis for human rights, providing a vastly different vision of a way forward out of our current quagmire. Mark Gibney persuasively advocates for a much broader reading of the law on state responsibility, arguing that current law misses most of the ways in which states fail to protect human rights. He also challenges the notion adopted by all states that human rights obligations extend no farther than their own territorial borders by critiquing cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights. Finally, the author takes up the issue of human rights enforcement. Under the current system, the state that carries out human rights violations is expected to enforce this law against itself! Decades of sweeping human rights violations have shown that this system of protection simply cannot work. Calling for other measures to provide victims the "effective remedy" that international human rights law promises, Gibney sets forth a series of practical steps that would profoundly change the nature of human rights protection. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 162Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-0-7425-5629-4 • Hardback • February 2008 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-0-7425-5630-0 • Paperback • February 2008 • $24.95 • (£15.95)
978-1-4616-3824-7 • eBook • February 2008 • $23.99 • (£15.95)
Mark Gibney is Belk Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Preface: The Nightmare
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Step One: Responsibility
Chapter 3: Step Two: Territory
Chapter 4: Step Three: Accountability
Chapter 5: Step Four: Remedy
Gibney presents critical issues in international human rights law in language which makes these topics accessible to the general public. . . . Highly recommended.

Mark Gibney is a passionate and compassionate advocate of the universality of international human rights law. Using clear, accessible language and grounding himself in key legal cases, he urges states, transnational corporations, and international organizations to take responsibility for the human rights violations they cause, regardless of where those violations occur. This book will be popular among students and others who are frustrated with the inattention of domestic and international law to transnational abuses of human rights.
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University

In clear prose and with systematic argument, Mark Gibney suggests steps for a more serious approach to protecting human rights as already defined in international law. His is a stimulating and important contribution for the age of globalization.
David P. Forsythe, emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ideal for courses in Human Rights, International Relations, International Law, and International Human Rights Law

Revives the original intent behind international human rights law

Challenges our perceptions of the world and our place in it

Up ends our current understanding of the human rights enterprise