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.

International Jurisdiction

International jurisdiction


Human rights are (universally) declared to be universal, yet the protection of human rights – and even responsibility for violating international human rights standards – has come to be severely limited by jurisdictional as well as territorial constraints. Under what has become the dominant interpretation of international human rights law, a state's human rights obligations are seen as extending no further than its own national borders. What law regulates a state when it is acting outside its borders? What standards apply when a state acts domestically but the human rights consequences are felt by individuals in other lands? And finally, what legal responsibilities, if any, does a state have to ensure that entities under its power and control do not violate human ...

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