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.

Universal Human Rights and States' International Responsibility

Universal Human Rights and States' International Responsibility

Universal human rights and states' international responsibility
Michael NyongesaWabwile


This chapter re-examines the legal and institutional design of the political project of securing realization of universal human rights. Whereas states have promulgated principles and values of universal human rights, they have retained fragmented sovereign political structures that appear inconsistent with the global cosmopolitan vision of human rights. Although there is increasing recognition that states have both internal and external human rights obligations, the scope and dynamics of these obligations remain under-theorized. The study investigates whether universal human rights recognized by states in the international human rights conventions could be achieved on the platform of the world's Westphalian state-centric political structures. The central argument of this chapter is that the current ...

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