Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - Philosophy - 197 pages
Today it is usually not long before a problem gets expressed as a human rights issue. Indeed, human rights law continues to gain increasing attention internationally, and must move quickly in order to keep up with a social world that changes so rapidly.

This Very Short Introduction, in its second edition, brings the issue of human rights up to date, considering the current controversies surrounding the movement. Discussing torture and arbitrary detention in the context of counter terrorism, Andrew Clapham also considers new challenges to human rights in the context of privacy, equality and the right to health. Looking at the philosophical justification for rights, the historical origins of human rights and how they are formed in law, Clapham explains what our human rights actually are, what they might be, and where the human rights movement is heading.

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Contents

Looking at rights
1
Historical development and contemporary concerns
27
Human rights foreign policy and the role of the United Nations
63
Torture
83
Deprivations of life and liberty
98
Balancing rightsfree speech and privacy
110
Food education health housing and work
122
Discrimination and equality
140
Final remarks
161
Publishers acknowledgements
167
References
169
Further reading
179
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
185
Index
193
Very Short Introduction
198
Copyright

The death penalty
153

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Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. Before he joined the Graduate Institute of International Studies Institute in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International to the United Nations in New York. He was the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from 2006 until 2014. His publications include The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, co-edited with Paola Gaeta and Marco Sassoli, (OUP 2015) and The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict, co-edited with Paola Gaeta (OUP 2014).

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