Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Sarah Joseph and Adam McBeth
The compilation and editing of a research handbook on international human rights law is a daunting task, given the vast breadth of the subject matter and, alas, the sheer number of different human rights issues arising around the globe. We can assure readers that we know that many important topics have been missed – it is simply impossible to encapsulate them all in a single book. However, we are also confident that the chapters presented herein provide a first-rate grounding for scholars seeking to wrap their heads around most of the major topics within the discipline. The chapters are designed to be both accessible to the novice human rights scholar and yet of great interest to the seasoned human rights researcher. This handbook brings together the work of 25 leading human rights scholars from all over the world. As the various chapters overlap in theme, it was not possible to organise the book into separate parts: rather we have chosen to organise the book into a logical order, though the chapters can of course be read in any order. The book begins with some chapters outlining general issues regarding human rights, such as the history of norm generation, institution building and enforcement at the global level (Chapter 1 – Sarah Joseph and Joanna Kyriakakis) and the state of play regarding economic, social and cultural rights (Chapter 2 – Manisuli Ssenyonjo). The book then moves to examine jurisdictional issues, such as human rights and extraterritoriality (Chapter 3 – Sigrun Skogly), and human rights in the...