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.

Reconceptualizing Human Rights Duty-Bearers

Reconceptualizing Human Rights Duty-Bearers

Reconceptualizing human rights duty-bearers
WouterVandenhole, Gamze ErdemTürkelli and RachelHammonds

Introduction: Challenges for Current Thinking

International human rights law is out of step with today's globalized reality. It is increasingly unable to respond to human rights realities on the ground. Economic globalization has facilitated the increasingly negative impact of foreign states and non-state actors on the enjoyment of human rights. For example, the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria is by and large controlled by multinational oil giants and disparate militia. In some developing states, the policy preferences of bilateral and multilateral donors often play a large role in shaping access to human rights including education and health care. All the while, the state-centric international human rights regime is severely limited in its ability to ...

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