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Human Rights in the World Community
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Human Rights in the World Community
Issues and Action

Edited by Burns H. Weston and Anna Grear

Fourth Edition
496 pages | 7 x 10
Paper 2016 | ISBN 9780812247381 | $39.95s | Outside the Americas £32.00
A volume in the series Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
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"This is a remarkably rich, diverse, timely, and challenging collection that highlights both the imperative of promoting human rights as well as the challenges and obstacles that their advocates must confront. Very highly recommended."—Philip Alston, New York University

"What a marvelously exciting book! Professors Weston and Grear have brought together a stellar lineup of scholars to remind us why we used to think human rights mattered so much—and to show how they can be revived to inspire a radical critique of international law and politics, one that is ever more urgent as we head into an increasingly dark future. Bravo!"—Stephen Humphreys, London School of Economics

"In this welcome fourth edition, Burns Weston and Anna Grear have curated an outstanding collection of essays that offer critical insights both for those who are venturing into the world of human rights for the first time and for those who are its most seasoned advocates."—Barbara A. Frey, University of Minnesota

"Human rights are not easy. The great strength of this iconic volume lies in its explicit recognition of their multiple dimensions—stretching across philosophy, politics, economics, and the law. Building on the wide-ranging contributions of leading authors in the field, the editors invite readers to reflect critically on the problems as well as possibilities of human rights. Yet another generation of students and teachers has reason to be grateful."—David Kinley, The University of Sydney

Praise for previous editions:

"The Claude-Weston text . . . must be considered the most thought-provoking, comprehensive, and contemporary of the teaching materials now available."—American Journal of International Law

"Claude and Weston have prepared the definitive textbook on human rights. The book's annotated filmography and thoughtful questions for discussion . . . make it a unique resource for educators."—Eric Stover, University of California at Berkeley

"A challenging and valuable contribution for all readers interested in expanding their knowledge of the current, and even future, issues in human rights."—International and Comparative Law Quarterly

Specifically designed for educational use in international relations, law, political science, economics, and philosophy classes, Human Rights in the World Community treats the full range of human rights issues, including key paradoxes and contestations surrounding human rights, implementation problems, and processes involving international, national, and nongovernmental action. This new, expanded edition reflects the global, large-scale change that has occurred in the field of human rights, including the rise of terrorism and the triple threats of climate change, nuclear proliferation, and poverty, and each section features, as in previous editions, provocatively probing discussion questions. For the first time, the book's set of appendices are available online: a bibliography, which encourages further study; an annotated human rights filmography; and the texts of, and citations to, key human rights instruments.

Contributors: Seyla Benhabib, Fiona Beveridge, Claudia Card, Richard Pierre Claude, Wade M. Cole, Karen Engle, Tony Evans, Richard Fairbrother, Richard A. Falk, Judy Fudge, Conor Gearty, Anna Grear, Cindy Holder, Paul Hunt, Bonny Ibhawoh, Michael Ignatieff, Ratna Kapur, Harold Hongju Koh, Scott Leckie, Richard B. Lillich, Stephen P. Marks, Susan Marks, Robert McCorquodale, Daniel Moeckli, Siobhan Mullally, Martha C. Nussbaum, Jordan J. Paust, Christopher N. J. Roberts, Douglas Roche, Dinah L. Shelton, Penelope Simons, Margaret R. Somers, Felisa L. Tibbitts, Jonathan Todres, Ineke van der Valk, Jeremy Waldron, Burns H. Weston, Hannah Wittman.

Burns H. Weston (1933-2015) was the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Founder and Senior Scholar of the Center for Human Rights at The University of Iowa.

Anna Grear is Professor of Law and Theory at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, and Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE).

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