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.

Prevention and Human Rights

Prevention and human rights
Rhona K.M.Smith


A vast literature in numerous languages details international and regional human rights, but surprisingly few of these texts mention preventive strategies. In contrast, ‘prevention’ is always mentioned when discussing corruption, which should always be combated.2 As Sicilianos and Bourloyannis-Vrailas (2001) observe, there is little evidence that academics consider prevention as a human rights issue, preferring instead to focus on promotion and protection.3 (There is, of course, a cogent argument to be made that prevention of violations is inherent in the aims of ‘promotion and protection’ of human rights.) Nevertheless, writing a few years later, Ramcharan describes preventive human rights strategies as ‘still uncharted territory’ but is unequivocal that ‘[t]he prevention of violations of human rights must become ...

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