Global Struggle for Human Rights Universal Principles in World Politics

ISBN-10: 0534635725
ISBN-13: 9780534635725
Edition: 2006
Authors: Debra L. DeLaet
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List price: $121.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

THE GLOBAL STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS combines uniquely strong coverage of human rights in relation to gender equity, feminist perspectives, and sexual orientation with the theme of a universal perspective on human rights that is sensitive to cultural differences and diversity among and within nations. The book is also comprehensive and accessible in its discussion of human rights law and the question of whether human rights are universal. DeLaet also addresses the tension between state sovereignty and human rights, genocide, economic rights, and various concepts of justice as they relate to the promotion of fundamental human rights.

Debra L. DeLaet is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University.

Introduction
Why Study Human Rights?
State Sovereignty and Human Rights
Human Rights at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: The Gap between Rhetoric and Reality
Organization of the Book
Human Rights in Theory and Law
The Contested Meaning of Human Rights
The Political Nature of Human Rights
Defining the Concept of Human Rights
The Philosophical Origins and Sources of Human Rights
Defining and Categorizing Human Rights in Practice
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
The Development of International Human Rights Law
Does International Human Rights Law Matter?
The Historical Foundations of International Human Rights Law
The United Nations Core of International Human Rights Law
The Distinction between Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law
Feminist Critiques of International Human Rights Law
Sexual Orientation Discrimination and International Human Rights Law
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Are Human Rights Universal?
Defining Universalism and Relativism
Are Human Rights a Western Construct?
Feminist Perspectives on Universalism and Relativism
Case Study: Female Genital Mutilation or Female Circumcision?
Case Study: Male Genital Mutilation or Male Circumcision?
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Human Rights in Practice
Civil and Political Rights in a World of Sovereign States
Civil and Political Rights and State Sovereignty in Tension
Case Study: National Security and Terrorism
Case Study: Freedom of Movement, Civil Rights, and Sovereignty
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Collective Rights in a World of Sovereign States
Human Rights as Collective Rights
Collective Rights and Individual Rights
Case Study: Self-Determination
Case Study: Genocide
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Economic and Social Rights in a World of Sovereign States
Economic and Social Rights as Human Rights
Economic and Social Rights and State Sovereignty in Tension
The Relationship between Economic and Social Rights and Civil and Political Rights
Case Study: Human Development and Poverty
Case Study: Health and Human Rights
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Sexual Equality and Human Rights
Sexual Equality as a Human Right
Women and Sexual Minorities: Special Rights or Human Rights?
Case Study: Violence against Women
Case Study: Sex-Specific Abuses of Human Rights during War
Case Study: Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Human Rights and the Quest for Justice
Promoting Human Rights From the Top Down
Implementing Human Rights through International Organizations and States
The United Nations Human Rights System
Regional Human Rights Systems
States, Foreign Policy, and Human Rights
Case Study: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Exceptionalism
Humanitarian Intervention
Case Study: Humanitarian Intervention in Kosovo
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Punitive Justice and Human Rights
Punitive Justice as a Response to Human Rights Abuses
Trials and Punitive Justice
Trials In Historical Perspective: The Development of Ad Hoc Tribunals
Ad Hoc Tribunals after World War II: Nuremberg and Tokyo
The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
The International Criminal Court
Prosecuting International Crimes in Domestic Courts
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Restorative Justice and Human Rights
Restorative Justice as a Response to Human Rights Abuses
Truth Commissions
Reparations
Apologies
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Promoting Human Rights From the Bottom Up
Mobilizing Support for Human Rights in a World of Sovereign States
Non-State Actors and the Global Struggle for Human Rights
Case Study: Transnational Corporations and Human Rights
Case Study: Health and Human Rights Advocacy
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Web Resources
Conclusions
Notes
Index

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