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Global in coverage, the fourth edition ofTextbook on International Human Rightsprovides a concise introduction for newcomers to the subject. Beginning with a brief analysis of the development of international human rights and the history of the subject, the text gives full consideration to the work of the UN before turning in more detail to regional systems of human rights. The second half of the book looks at a variety of substantive rights, with illustrations from both regional and international law. The strength of the book lies in its clarity and broad scope, with the focus on making the subject easily accessible to those with little or no prior knowledge. The author guides students through the complexities of each topic before providing a wealth of useful references at the end of each chapter. The fourth edition incorporates all the latest developments in the subject. Textbook on International Human Rightscontinues to be relied upon by students worldwide as the first book to turn to for clear and accurate coverage.
Rhona K. M. Smith is Professor of International Human Rights at Northumbria University, and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Peking University Law School, Beijing University.
Table of Contents
The United Nations
The International Bill of Human Rights
The United Nations organizational structure
Regional protection of human rights
The Organization of African States
The African Union
Monitoring, implementing and enforcing human rights
Substantive rights - general comments
Equality and non-discrimination
The right to life
Freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment
The right to liberty of person
Equality before the law - the right to a fair trial
The right to self-determination
Freedom of expertise
The right to work
The right to education and human rights education
Looking to the future
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