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Introduction: contracting human rights

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Alison Brysk

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A Constitutional Political Economy Approach

John M. Mbaku

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Introduction: outlining the field of cultural rights and its importance

Issues at Stake, Challenges and Recommendations

Lucky Belder and Helle Porsdam

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Benoît Mayer and François Crépeau

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Eva Brems

The introductory chapter of the volume first introduces the concept of human rights integration and the methodology of rewriting. It then introduces the 15 rewritten opinions before analysing the contributors’ rewriting in terms of ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’. In pragmatic terms, the implementation of human rights integration is expressed in the rewritten decisions mostly in terms of the introduction of references to external sources of human rights law (including soft law), in addition to some other sources of public international law. These include both primary sources (conventions, declarations), and the output of the monitoring bodies. The chapter gives an overview of these sources. It goes on to distinguish instances of implicit referencing from those of explicit referencing. Within the latter category the analysis of the rewrites reveals a range of different approaches. Finally, the chapter analyses contributors’ principled or pragmatic positions on human rights integration.

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Edited by Anna Grear

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Kirsten Davies, Sam Adelman, Anna Grear, Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Tom Kerns and S Ravi Rajan


The Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change responds to the profound crisis of human hierarchies now characterizing the climate crisis. The Declaration, initiated prior to the 2015 COP 21 meeting by scholars from the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), is one of a convergence of initiatives reflecting the need to understand human rights as intrinsically threatened by climate change. This article introduces the Declaration, the necessity for it, its philosophical and legal background and its support by contemporary cases providing evidence of the escalating legal need for such a tool. A key aim of the Declaration is to trace out a potential normative approach for establishing responsibility towards the planet and redressing unevenly distributed vulnerabilities and climate injustices while recognizing that it is vital that respect for human rights should be understood as an indispensable element of any adequate approach to climate change. The Declaration strives to offer a compelling level of ethical appeal, as well as to be legally literate and philosophically rigorous. The drafting process engaged scholars and communities from across the world, prioritized indigenous involvement, and drew on indigenous ontologies and epistemologies. Newer philosophical approaches such as new materialist understandings of lively materiality also informed the drafting process. Accordingly, the language of the Declaration creates space for non-Western ways of seeing and being as well as responding to insights emerging from new scientific understandings of the world.

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Setting the scene

The Case of Individual Victims of Human Rights Violations

Pierre Schmitt

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International Economic Law Perspectives

Edited by Celine Tan and Julio Faundez

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International Economic Law Perspectives

Celine Tan and Julio Faundez

The current economic and ecological climate calls for a reappraisal of the international legal and political framework governing natural resources, defined broadly to include materials and organisms naturally occurring in the environment, such as water, mineral and fossil fuels, and cultivated resources, such as food crops, both renewable and exhaustible. This reappraisal is urgent because the governance and management of natural resources have formed a pivotal backdrop to the evolution of international economic law in the post-war period and have been critical components of the process of economic globalization. Contributors to this collection explore the different dimensions of natural resource governance in the contemporary economic, political and legal landscape. They reflect upon and address the different aspects of the conflicts and contradictions arising at the intersection between international economic law, sustainable development and other areas of international law, notably human rights law and environmental law.