The Institutions of Human Rights: Developments and Practices

Edited by Gordon DiGiacomo and Susan L. Kang

© 2019

Written from a global perspective, The Institutions of Human Rights is a contributed volume that examines international human rights institutions, procedures, and select issues. Closely examining international human rights organizations including the International Labour Organization, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights, this text places a particular focus on how institutions function, arguing that to truly understand human rights’ affairs one must also understand the politics and motivations at the core of these institutions.

In addition to providing a comprehensive examination of key institutions, this volume also sheds light on the procedures at play when implementing new rights and discusses weighty issues such as the protection of refugee and labour laws. Featuring chapters written by high-profile scholars form Canada, the United States, and abroad, The Institutions of Human Rights breaks down important learning objectives, features key take-away messages, and uses discussion questions to promote critical thinking and engagement.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Written from a global perspective, The Institutions of Human Rights is a contributed volume that examines international human rights institutions, procedures, and select issues.

The Institutions of Human Rights: Developments and Practices

Edited by Gordon DiGiacomo and Susan L. Kang

© 2019

Written from a global perspective, The Institutions of Human Rights is a contributed volume that examines international human rights institutions, procedures, and select issues. Closely examining international human rights organizations including the International Labour Organization, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights, this text places a particular focus on how institutions function, arguing that to truly understand human rights’ affairs one must also understand the politics and motivations at the core of these institutions.

In addition to providing a comprehensive examination of key institutions, this volume also sheds light on the procedures at play when implementing new rights and discusses weighty issues such as the protection of refugee and labour laws. Featuring chapters written by high-profile scholars form Canada, the United States, and abroad, The Institutions of Human Rights breaks down important learning objectives, features key take-away messages, and uses discussion questions to promote critical thinking and engagement.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "This is an ambitious yet accessible analysis of the institutions that comprise the international human rights system. The book’s breadth will appeal to students and other newcomers to the field, while the rich and nuanced chapters will provide new insights for scholars, practitioners, and activists alike."


    Courtney Hillebrecht, Samuel Clark Waugh Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

    "DiGiacomo and Kang have assembled an excellent group of scholars to explore human rights institutions at the international and regional level and consider the interplay between institutional development and issues of accountability and enforcement. This volume is highly recommended for students and scholars alike."

    Steven D. Roper, Editor-in-Chief of Human Rights Review and Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University

    The Institutions of Human Rights provides a thorough account of means for protecting human rights at the domestic, regional, and international levels. It is an essential text for anyone concerned with the enforcement of human rights protections, including human rights scholars, professors, advocates, practitioners, and members of civil society, and is ideal for adoption as a core reading in human rights programs. Beyond concerning itself with the present international human rights system, it offers a critical analysis of existing mechanisms, shedding light on the way forward for human rights protections globally.”

    Christina Szurlej, Director, Atlantic Human Rights Centre, Acting Director & Assistant Professor, Human Rights Department, St. Thomas University, Fredericton

  • Author Information

    Gordon DiGiacomo is an Instructor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, and editor of Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies also published by University of Toronto Press in 2016. He obtained his doctorate in political science in 2010 from Carleton University. Most of his career, prior to entering the academic world in 2003, was devoted to working on issues pertaining to labour rights. His introduction to rights and rights instruments came in the early 1980s when, like other ministerial assistants at the time, he was engaged in the promotion of a constitutionally entrenched charter of rights for Canadians.


    Susan L. Kang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at City University of New York. Her research and teaching interests include international relations, international political economy, labor and human rights, and international law. She is the author of Rights and Solidarity: Trade Union Rights in the Global Economy (2012) and she has published articles in New Political Science, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Journal of Workplace Rights.
  • Table of contents

    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction
    Gordon DiGiacomo and Susan Kang
    1. The International Human Rights Regime: Commitment and Compliance
    Linda Camp Keith
    2. United Nations’ Human Rights Procedures
    Suzanne Egan
    3. The UN Security Council and Human Rights
    David Petrasek
    4. The International Criminal Court
    Jonneke Koomen
    5. A Global Human Rights Court?
    Jesse Kirkpatrick
    6. Protecting Refugee Rights: International Refugee Law and the UNHCR
    James C. Simeon
    7. The International Labour Organization: Champion of Worker Rights or 90-Pound Weakling?
    Gordon DiGiacomo
    8. European Court of Human Rights: Towards a Holistic Approach to Human Rights
    Filiz Kahraman
    9. Typology and Appraisal of the African Human Rights System
    Pacifique Manirakiza
    10. The Inter-American Human Rights System
    Cristiane Lucena Carneiro
    11. Human Rights in Post-Transitional Contexts
    Verónica Michel
    12. Human Rights and Police Accountability
    Susan Kang
    Conclusion
    Susan Kang and Gordon DiGiacomo

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    Contributors