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.

National Human Rights Institutions

National human rights institutions


Although ten years ago only experts in the field were aware of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and scholarly material on the topic was scant, today NHRIs can no longer be viewed as an institutional curiosity (Goodman and Pegram, 2012). Many believe that an independent NHRI has the unique potential to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and that NHRIs may play an even more significant role in the future. The concept of the NHRI can be traced back to the mid-1940s. In 1993, it achieved a breakthrough with the adoption of the Paris Principles by the United Nations General Assembly. However, it is only in recent years that we have seen the rise and ...

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