The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Non-State Actors in Human Rights Promotion

Non-State Actors in Human Rights Promotion

Non-state actors in human rights promotion
Hans PeterSchmitz


Non-state actors (NSAs) play an increasingly important role in the global promotion and local implementation of human rights standards. Among NSAs, three groups are of particular note: (1) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) claiming to advance human rights using research, advocacy or education, (2) corporations engaged in transnational commercial activities, and (3) armed groups. Traditionally, NSAs have been viewed as secondary to states, which were considered as sovereign duty bearers in the area of human rights. More recently, research has focused on the increasing number of cases of NSAs shaping human rights outcomes alongside states, in particular in the areas of the global economy, international criminal law and the diffusion of human rights norms across ...

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