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.

European Human Rights System

European human rights system


Since the Second World War, international conferences and organisations in Europe have dedicated their work to the protection of human rights in response to the atrocities committed during the war. Human rights have developed into a fundamental prerequisite for the European integration process. The European system of human rights protection is comprised of three European organisations which deal, in one way or another, with human rights – the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In the following, these three European organisations will be analysed, but emphasis will also be given on the different forms of co-operation between them.

Council of Europe

In 1949, the CoE was created by ...

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