This major Handbook brings together the worlds leading scholars of international relations to provide a state of the art review and indispensable guide to the field. A genuinely international undertaking, the Handbook reviews the many historical, philosophical, analytical and normative roots to the discipline and the key contemporary topics of research and debate today. An essential benchmark publication for all advanced undergraduates, graduate students and academics in politics and international relations.

International Human Rights

International Human Rights

International human rights

What are Human Rights?

Human rights are a set of principled ideas about the treatment to which all individuals are entitled by virtue of being human. Over time, these ideas have gained widespread acceptance as international norms defining what was necessary for humans to thrive, both in terms of being protected from abuses and provided with the elements necessary for a life in dignity. Human rights norms create a relationship between individual (and very occasionally collective) right holders and other entities (usually states) that have obligations. The human rights discourse is universal in character and includes claims of equality and non-discrimination. Belief systems in which rights are granted only in exchange for the performance of duties, or where different categories of ...

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