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.

Human Rights Cities

Human rights cities
BarbaraOomen and MoritzBaumgärtel


One of the most remarkable developments in the field of human rights implementation over the past decades has been the rise of human rights cities. Global urbanization, attention to rights realization and the potential of actors other than the nation-state in this process has led to a multifarious development toward explicit urban engagement with the discourse and practice of international human rights. In this process, international organizations and local authorities have increasingly reached out to one another, often by-passing the nation-state. Whether this concerns San Francisco in the USA adopting a CEDAW ordinance, Graz in Austria conducting a human rights impact assessment, Kaohisung in Taiwan and Kati in Mali stepping up as human rights cities, Rosario in Argentina ...

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