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.

Transitional Justice and Human Rights

Transitional Justice and Human Rights

Transitional justice and human rights
Hugovan der Merwe and JasminaBrankovic


Transitional justice as a field of study and practice emerged from human rights activists’ engagement with the set of problems and challenges particular to political transitions. It remains a field that is largely shaped by the legal framework of human rights and by human rights approaches, although it has also expanded beyond human rights and critiqued it in relation to its ability to address the key challenges presented by political transitions. Nonetheless, transitional justice and human rights have historically drawn on and informed each other, both conceptually and for legitimization. In addition, many, if not most, transitional justice practitioners consider themselves human rights activists, for promoting human rights is usually seen as ...

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