5.43 x 8.5 inches | 160 pages | June 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2057-2 | 1-5095-2057-0 $59.95 US | $71.95 CND PB | 978-1-5095-2058-9 | 1-5095-2058-9 $16.95 US | $19.95 CND ebook available
The Future of Human Rights ALISON BRYSK
Human rights have fallen on hard times yet they are more necessary than ever. People all over the world need human rights to gain recognition, campaign for justice, and save lives. But how can we secure a brighter future for human rights? What changes are required to confront the regime’s weaknesses and emerging global challenges? In this cutting-edge analysis, Alison Brysk sets out a pragmatic reformist agenda for human rights in the twenty-first century. Tracing problems and solutions through contemporary case studies – such as the plight of refugees and new norms for indigenous peoples – she shows that the dynamic strength of human rights lies in their evolving political practice. This distinctive vision demands that we build upon the gains of the human rights regime to construct new pathways which address historic rights’ gaps from citizenship to security, environmental protection to resurgent nationalism, and globalization itself. ALISON BRYSK is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor in Global Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
5.43 x 8.5 inches | 232 pages | November 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-1353-6 | 1-5095-1353-1 $64.95 US | $77.95 CND PB | 978-1-5095-1354-3 | 1-5095-1354-X $22.95 US | $27.95 CND ebook available
In Defence of Universal Human Rights RHODA E. HOWARD-HASSMANN
In this passionately argued book renowned human rights scholar Rhoda E. HowardHassmann vigorously defends the universality of human rights, arguing that the entire range of rights is necessary for all individuals everywhere. Above all, she defends civil and political rights, such as the rights not to be tortured and the rights to vote, which are often so taken for granted as to be entirely neglected. Howard-Hassmann grounds her defense of universality in her conception of human dignity, which she maintains must include personal autonomy, equality, respect, recognition, and material security. Only social democracies, she contends, can be considered fully rights-protective states. Taking issue with scholars who argue that human rights are “Western,” quasi-imperialist impositions on states in the global South, and risk undermining community and social obligation, Howard-Hassmann explains how human rights support communities and can only be preserved if states and individuals observe their duties to protect them. RHODA E. HOWARD-HASSMANN is a Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the School of International Policy and Governance (Balsillie School of International Affairs).