An Introduction to the International Protection of Human Rights:
A Textbook


Institute for Human Rights
┼bo Akademi University
Gezeliusgatan 2
20500 Turku/┼bo
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An Introduction to the International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook
Second, revised edition, 1999
Edited by Raija Hanski and Markku Suksi
Published and distributed by the Institute for Human Rights, ┼bo Akademi University, Turku/┼bo, Finland

The book aims at providing a general and, at the same time, comprehensive picture of the international protection of human rights. It is an introduction which describes the main systems and standards and is intended to be complemented by more specialized studies. The book will be of particular interest to undergraduate students, but it may also be used during separate human rights courses, by practitioner, by NGO workers and activists and by all those interested in human rights.

In addition to the updated versions of the chapters included in the first edition (published in 1997), the second revised edition contains completely new chapters dealing with human rights in the wider UN system, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UN human rights field operations.


PART I: Introduction
1. What are human rights?; by Marek Piechowiak
2. Human dignity and human rights; by Jerzy Zajadlo
3. Internationalization of human rights and their juridization; by Krzysztof Drzewicki
4. Categories and beneficiaries of human rights; by Allan Rosas and Martin Scheinin

PART II: The United Nations: The Treaty-Based And Charter-Based Procedures
5. The UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; by Krzysztof Drzewicki
6. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; by Manfred Nowak
7. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; by Matthew Craven
8. Special human rights treaties; by Cees Flinterman and Catherine Henderson
9. Extra-conventional standard-setting and implementation in the field of human rights; by Cees Flinterman

PART III: Other United Nations Action In The Field Of Human Rights 10. Human rights in the wider UN system; by Anne Gallagher
11. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; by Markus G. Schmidt
12. The standard-setting and supervisory system of the ILO; by Klaus Samson and Kenneth Schindler
13. UNESCO and human rights; by Fons Coomans
14. The position of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the human rights field; by Sigrun I. Skogly
15. United Nations human rights field operations; by Anne Gallagher

PART IV: European Systems
16. Promotion and protection of human rights within the European arrangements; by J. G. Merrills
17. The European Convention on Human Rights; by J. G. Merrills
18. The European Social Charter; by David Harris
19. The OSCE and human rights; by Maria Amor Martin EstÚbanez
20. The European Union and human rights; by Lorna Woods

PART V: Extra-European Systems
21. The OAS system for the protection of human rights; by Harmen van der Wilt and Viviana Krsticevic
22. The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights; by Cees Flinterman and Catherine Henderson

PART VI: Non-Governmental Actors Of Human Rights
23. Non-governmental actors in the field of human rights; by Rachel Brett

PART VII: Implementation Of Human Rights
24. International human rights in national law; by Martin Scheinin
25. International mechanisms and procedures for implementation; by Martin Scheinin

Appendix: Major human rights NGOs; compiled by Rachel Brett
Table of Treaties
Subject Index

468 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 952-12-0247-5
Price (including VAT 8%): 270 FIM / 45,41 euro. (Approx. 50 USD).

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Last updated:    June 1999

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