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.

International Relations Theories and Human Rights

International relations theories and human rights


Human rights1 are a firmly established part of the study of international relations. Whether human rights are respected or violated depends, of course, mostly on the behaviour of a state vis-à-vis the population under its control (although in areas of limited statehood, it is not only states but increasingly also non-state actors that impact on human rights practice, Börzel and Risse (2013)). However, these practices within states do not exist in isolation from each other nor from international and transnational politics. By their very nature, human rights are not national but universal rights. In particular, the period since the end of World War II has seen a remarkable growth of international human rights institutions ...

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