The broad review of international human rights law

Authored by: Scott Sheeran , Sir Rodley Nigel

Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620734
eBook ISBN: 9780203481417
Adobe ISBN: 9781135055943


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The genesis of this collaborative scholarly project was the recognition of a timely point to pause and undertake a broad and thorough review of the architecture of international human rights law. This is after a period that seems, at least with the benefit of hindsight, to have been one of almost constant, even meteoric development. While this volume examines the origins, nature and practice of international human rights law, the main thrust is an exploration of transverse themes, and the evolution, interaction with other bodies of law, and future of the discipline. The contributions draw on perspectives from different regions, by both emerging and established scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and with varied expertise. As such, this volume provides one of the most comprehensive surveys of the discipline to date. The editing of contributions has confirmed many of our own intuitions, but has also challenged our thinking and provided new insights. It is from this privileged and overarching position, informed by the contents of this volume, that we venture a few key reflections on the corpus of international human rights law as a whole.

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