This clear and compelling text confronts the dominant thinking on human rights, taking issue with the notion adopted by all states and even many academics that human rights obligations extend no further than their own territorial borders. Mark Gibney critiques cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights, arguing for a much broader reading of state responsibility on the basis that current law misses most of the ways in which states fail to protect human rights standards. Finally, Gibney takes up the issue of human rights enforcement, unquestionably the weakest aspect of international human rights law. He proposes several practical models that could begin to provide victims the "effective remedy" promised by the law itself. The book concludes that there is a moral and legal imperative to return to the universal principles human rights were founded on. And rather than witnessing the end of human rights-as some have suggested-we should see our times as the true beginning.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 174
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 17 mm
Edition: Second Edition
Mark Gibney continues to be a passionate and compassionate advocate of the universality of human rights law. This second edition of International Human Rights Law presents updated material and arguments for taking seriously extraterritorial human rights obligations. Gibney grounds himself in interesting legal cases to argue that states, transnational corporations, and international organizations are responsible to remedy human rights violations, wherever they occur. His clear, accessible language will make this book, like the first edition, popular among students and others who are frustrated with the inattention of domestic and international law to extraterritorial abuses of human rights. -- Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University
It is very good to have a second edition of Mark Gibney's fine book about universal human rights in legal form. Readers will be able to take an informed position on whether serious attention to the international law of human rights as he presents it is a utopian dream or a pressing necessity in today's world. -- David P. Forsythe, emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln