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International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice

Front Cover - International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice

Fifth Edition

Hurst Hannum
Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

S. James Anaya
University of Arizona

Dinah L. Shelton
The George Washington University

2011. 1,072 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-9814-0.  

About the Book

A problem-oriented textbook covering all global and regional human rights systems as they currently operate, along with a discussion of the theoretical foundations of human rights, US foreign policy and human rights, and key current issues.


  • Retains a problem-oriented focus designed to help students understand contemporary debates about human rights from a political as well as legal perspective.
  • Addresses practical issues of implementation, as well as recent developments in substantive human rights jurisprudence in Europe, Latin America, and national courts.
  • Contrasts differing views on the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention in Kosovo, Rwanda, Darfur, and elsewhere
  • Includes discussion about the theoretical foundations of human rights and cultural relativism.
  • Examines historical developments in human rights as well as current problems.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Thoroughly updates and analyzes the 2006-2007 reform of the UN human rights machinery, including creation of the new UN Human Rights Council
  • Contains in-depth discussion of issues surrounding post-9/11 detention of suspected terrorists under human rights and international humanitarian law
  • Analyzes uses and weaknesses of the UN’s principle of the “responsibility to protect”, first set forth by the General Assembly in 2005 and revisited in 2009
  • Includes and discusses new cases decided by domestic courts and international bodies on human rights matters
  • New material on the emergence of human rights law and institutions in the ASEAN