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.

Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights


This chapter will look at the sensitivity of property issues such as intellectual, scientific, territorial, genetic, cultural and heritage rights in a world of rapid digitization. It will discuss to what extent human rights can protect property, on the one hand, while also guaranteeing transparency and sharing of scientific, land or intellectual property (IP) in the cause of protecting human rights, on the other. Human rights and IP is one of the most challenging topics to emerge within human rights debates. At stake is the effect of IP law, especially patents and copyright, on the ability of states to comply with their obligations under international human rights law, such as the obligation to ensure access to affordable medicines, access to ...

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