This book contributes to current debates on the protection of human rights in the 21st century.
With the global economic collapse, the rise of the BRICS, the post-intervention chaos in Libya, the migration crisis in Europe, and the regional conflagration sparked by the conflict in Syria, the need to protect human rights has arguably never been greater. In light of the precipitous decline in global respect for human rights and the eruption or escalation of intra-state crises across the world, this book asks 'what is the future of human rights protection?'. Seeking to avoid both denial and fatalism, this book thus aims to:
examine the principles at the very foundation of the debate on human rights;
diagnose the causes of the decline of liberal internationalism so as to offer guiding lessons for future initiatives;
identify those practices and developments that can, and should, be preserved in the new era;
question the parameters of the contemporary debate and advance perspectives that aim to identify the contours of future ideas and practices that may offer a way forward.
This book will be of much interest to students of humanitarian intervention, R2P, international organisations, human rights and security studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'Aidan Hehir and Robert Murray have chosen an innovative strategy for surmounting the entrenched divide between scholars who believe in human rights, come what may, and commentators fatalistically resigned to the rights' worthlessness on the ground. Instead of reflexively taking sides, the two collaborators present essays by international relations experts offering many alternative perspectives. This has freed the discourse from a straightjacket of dichotomous thinking and initiated a more generative process for finding consensus on how to move the human rights agenda forward.' -- Susan H. Bitensky, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
'There is a trend among atrocity prevention norm entrepreneurs to gather in like-minded groups, extol their virtues and control narratives to avoid criticism. This timely volume adopts a more inclusive and reflective approach; motivated by a determination to "get atrocity prevention right," the contributions here will help practitioners to examine our motives, our policy inconsistencies, and the gaps in our analysis and practice.' -- Robert Zuber, Director, Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict
'Refusing to be deluded by wishful thinking, the authors of this volume undertake a clear-eyed, critical analysis of R2P's successes and failures. Steering between fatalism and denial, they concede that our awareness of atrocity and the protection of civilians has been enhanced by R2P but that its time has passed. In thinking about what comes next, there is no better place to start than this provocative and highly insightful book.' -- Stephen Hopgood, SOAS, University of London, UK
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