This multi-disciplinary book addresses the ever-expanding notion of human rights within the 21st century. By analyzing the global dynamics of the mobilization of new actors, claims, institutions and modes of accountability, Brysk and Stohl assess the potential and limitations of global reforms.
Expanding Human Rights gives a comprehensive overview of current human rights issues and the outlook for the future. The contributors present evidence of new methods for enforcing existing rights and new strategies for further development through in-depth analysis of campaigns and reforms from Eastern Europe, Japan, India, Africa and the US. These include rights of indigenous peoples, food and water rights, violence against women, child mortality and international financial and corporate responsibility.
This book will interest academics and advanced students in human rights, international affairs, political science and law. Policy makers and global human rights activists will find the analyses and insights concerning the expansion of rights and the often accompanying backlash to be of great use when approaching their next human rights campaign.
‘Rather than focus on states, international and regional organizations, and major nongovernmental organizations, this volume looks more to the edges and margins of the struggle for human rights. An excellent group of authors offer a diverse but coherent set of perspectives on how new actors, new claims, and new responsibilities are (and in a few cases are not) expanding the meaning and range of human rights in order to make human rights a more effective tool in a greater range of struggles for social justice.’
– Jack Donnelly, University of Denver, US
‘This volume brings together first-rate, novel approaches to the myriad of changes and challenges operative in human rights practice unfolding in diverse thematic and geographic arenas. By pushing scholars to expand the parameters of their focus and guiding queries, and to attend more to process and leverage in normative change about rights, it enriches our scholarship significantly. And it presents the reader with an ongoing agenda for both disciplinary and multidisciplinary human rights research in the future.’
– George A. Lopez, University of Notre Dame, US
‘A prevalent view holds that internationally recognized human rights are currently much violated, hence one should institute a moratorium on new rights claims until existing norms become more effective. By comparison, in this volume Brysk, Stohl, and their colleagues argue mostly for new perspectives, new rights, and new or newly invigorated procedures for implementation. At the same time some authors here continue to emphasize the power of the repressive state to block progress. The resulting mix of views provides a stimulating commentary on human rights in our times.’
– David P. Forsythe, University of Nebraska, US
Contributors: J. Alley, C. Apodaca, P.M. Ayoub, M. Baer, A. Brysk, S. Hertel, R.E. Howard-Hassmann, V.M. Hudson, F.G. Isa, H. Jo, W. Sandholtz, C. Stohl, M. Stohl, K. Tsutsui.
Edited by Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Chair of Global Governance and Michael Stohl, Professor of Communication, Political Science and Global Studies and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, US.