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International Human Rights, Sixth Edition

Hurst Hannum, Dinah L. Shelton, S. James Anaya, and Rosa Celorio


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    International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice, Sixth Edition by Hurst Hannum, Dinah L. Shelton, S. James Anaya, and Rosa Celorio provides students with an accessible, problem-based pedagogy that encourages them to consider fundamental human rights issues from policy and legal perspectives. Balancing practical considerations and theory, this outstanding and newly expanded authorship team delivers a comprehensive text that examines historical underpinnings and contemporary considerations related to human rights efforts across the globe.

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    Page Count 1320
    Published 09/15/2017
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    Table of Contents

    1. The Concept of Human Rights
    From Morality to Law: The Abolition of Slavery

    2. Guaranteeing Human Rights by Treaty
    How Many Treaties and How Many Rights?

    3. The Development of Human Rights Norms
    Through Non-Binding Instruments
    How and Why Do New International Human
    Rights Norms Emerge Other Than by Treaty?

    4. Human Rights in Extremis
    How Can Human Rights Be Protected in
    Times of Terrorism, Civil Strife, and
    Armed Conflict?

    5. Who Has Legal Obligations Under International
    Human Rights Law?
    Preventing and Responding to Acts of Violence
    Against Women

    6. Domestic Enforcement Mechanisms
    Are States’ Courts Bound to Apply International
    Human Rights Norms?

    7. The Problem of Fact-Finding and Evidence
    How Are Human Rights Violations Investigated?

    8. UN Human Rights Mechanisms
    How Are Human Rights Implemented at the
    Global Level?

    9. The European System for the Protection of
    Human Rights
    Rights and Duties at the Regional Level

    10. Human Rights in the Americas
    Responding to Disappearances: The Case of
    Argentina and Its Aftermath

    11. Other Regional Systems
    Is There a Right to a Safe and Healthy

    12. Coercing Compliance with Human Rights Norms:
    Sanctions and Armed Intervention
    Can the International Community Prevent
    Human Rights Violations by Threatening or
    Using Force?

    13. Human Rights and Foreign Policy
    The United States–China Relationship


  • Author Information

    Rosa Celorio

    Celorio has worked for more than a decade as a Senior Attorney and Principal Human Rights Specialist for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, one of the main organs of the regional human rights protection system for the Americas. In this capacity, she is the Coordinator of the thematic monitoring area of the Commission, overseeing the legal work of twelve of its specialized Rapporteurships and units devoted to the rights of persons at increased risk to human rights violations. She works daily with human rights law issues concerning women, LGBTI persons, indigenous peoples, children, migrants, afro-descendent persons, human rights defenders, persons with disabilities, and economic, social, and cultural rights. During her time at the Commission, Ms. Celorio has profoundly shaped the women’s rights work of this cornerstone institution, developing a successful gender mainstreaming strategy, and supervising the first group of cases decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on violence and discrimination against women, access to justice, due diligence, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and sexual and reproductive rights.

    Ms. Celorio has worked in the field of human rights, discrimination, and gender issues for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM-currently UN Women) in New York and Ecuador; as a lawyer in the law firms of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane in Boston and O’Neill & Borges in Puerto Rico; as well as in Greater Boston Legal Services and Centro Presente in Boston. She has also acted as an advisor for several global initiatives implemented by various United Nations Special Procedures. She currently works as an Adjunct Law Professor for George Washington University Law School teaching courses in the areas of international human rights law and the human rights of women. She also taught between 2013 and 2014 the Human Rights Fact-Finding Practicum at Georgetown University Law School focused on statelessness and economic, social, and cultural rights. The resulting report received the 2014 award of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for outstanding student research in the field of statelessness.

    Ms. Celorio is from Puerto Rico. She studied international politics at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, law at Boston College Law School, and global affairs at the Political Science Institute of the University of Strasbourg in France. She has offered presentations on different human rights issues in more than 30 countries in Asia, Central America, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe, and has published scholarship pertaining to these matters. She has received a number of awards for her work in the field of human rights, including the Personality of the Future Fellowship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and the Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Scholarship. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts. Ms. Celorio is completely fluent in several languages, including English, Spanish, and French, and is proficient in Portu

    Hurst Hannum

    Hurst Hannum is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and has taught courses in public international law, international organizations, international human rights law, peacekeeping, and nationalism. In 2006-2008, he was also the Sir Y.K. Pao Professor of Public Law, University of Hong Kong. From 1980 to 1989, he served as Executive Director of The Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute, in Washington, DC, and he was a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellow of the United States Institute of Peace in 1989-90. He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
    Professor Hannum has been counsel in cases before the European and Inter-American Commissions on Human Rights and the United Nations; he also has been a member of the boards of several nongovernmental human rights organizations. He has served as a consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Department of Political Affairs, on minority rights generally and on the situations in Afghanistan, East Timor, and Western Sahara.
    Among other publications, Professor Hannum is author or editor of Guide to International Human Rights Practice (4th ed. 2004); Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights (rev. ed. 1996); International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Process (3d ed. 1995, with Richard Lillich); New Directions in Human Rights (1989, with Ellen Lutz and Kathryn Burke); Materials on International Human Rights and U.S. Criminal Law and Procedure (1989); The Right to Leave and Return in International Law and Practice (1987); and Materials on International Human Rights and U.S. Constitutional Law (1985). He serves as General Editor of a multi-volume series of books on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, published by Martinus Nijhoff.

    Dinah L. Shelton

    Professor Shelton joined the Law School faculty in 2004. Before her appointment, she was professor of international law and director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law School from 1996-2004. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame, she taught at University of California, Davis, and Santa Clara University, and was a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Paris, and the University of Strasbourg, France. She is the author of two prize-winning books, Protecting Human Rights in the Americas (winner of the 1982 Inter-American Bar Association Book Prize and co-authored with Thomas Buergenthal) and Remedies in International Human Rights Law (awarded the 2000 Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law). She has also authored many other articles and books on international law, human rights law, and international environmental law. She is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and is a counsellor to the American Society of International Law.
    Professor Shelton also serves on the boards of many human rights and environmental organizations. From 1987 to 1989, she was the director of the Office of Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also served as a legal consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, UNITAR, World Health Organization, European Union, Council of Europe, and Organization of American States.

    S. James Anaya

    S. James Anaya is the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law (USA). He teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights, constitutional law, and issues concerning indigenous peoples. Among his numerous publications is his book, Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1996, 2d. ed. 2004). Professor Anaya received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico (1980) and his J.D. from Harvard (1983). He was on the law faculty at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1999, and he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Toronto, and the University of Tulsa. Prior to becoming a full time law professor, he practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, representing Native American peoples and other minority groups. Professor Anaya has lectured in many countries in all continents of the globe. He has been a consultant for numerous organizations and government agencies in several countries on matters of human rights and indigenous peoples, and he has represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America before courts and international organizations. He was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the landmark case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights upheld indigenous land rights as a matter of international law.