Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies

Edited by Gordon DiGiacomo

© 2016

Written largely by Canadian scholars for Canadian readers, this overview of contemporary human rights concerns introduces the human rights instruments—provincial, national, and international—which protect Canadians. The volume begins with an outline of the history of human rights before moving on to discuss such important topics as the relationship between political institutions and rights protection, rights issues pertaining to specific communities, and cross-cutting rights issues that affect most or all citizens. Contemporary and comprehensive, Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about human rights.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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Written largely by Canadian scholars for Canadian readers, this overview of contemporary human rights concerns introduces the human rights instruments—provincial, national, and international—which protect Canadians.

Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies

Edited by Gordon DiGiacomo

© 2016

Written largely by Canadian scholars for Canadian readers, this overview of contemporary human rights concerns introduces the human rights instruments—provincial, national, and international—which protect Canadians. The volume begins with an outline of the history of human rights before moving on to discuss such important topics as the relationship between political institutions and rights protection, rights issues pertaining to specific communities, and cross-cutting rights issues that affect most or all citizens. Contemporary and comprehensive, Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about human rights.

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    As a long time researcher and teacher in the area of human rights, I encourage all to closely examine Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies. First, it deals with a wide range of important issues from the rights of workers to climate change. Second, it examines the insights of law while simultaneously de-emphasizing an exclusively formal and legalistic approach. Third, this text is an excellent introduction to the debate between the 'rights of communities' and the 'rights of individuals.' This is the best introduction to these issues I have come across.
    Paul Brienza, York University
  • 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.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    Contributors

    Introduction
    Gordon DiGiacomo

    Part One
    1. The Evolution of Human Rights Protection in Canada
    Brooke Jeffrey

    2. The Genesis and Evolution of the Postwar Human Rights Project
    Roland Burke and James Kirby

    Part Two
    3. Political Institutions and the Protection of Human Rights
    Gordon DiGiacomo

    4. Federalism and Rights: The Case of the United States, with Comparative Perspectives
    John Kincaid

    5. Human Rights NGOs
    David Zarnett

    Part Three
    6. Temporary Migrant Workers in Canada: Protecting and Extending Labour Rights
    Tanya Basok

    7. Children's Rights: Their Role, Significance, and Potential
    Tara Collins and Christine Gervais

    8. Age, Age Discrimination, and Ageism
    Thomas R. Klassen

    9. Aboriginal Rights: The Right to Self-Government versus the Right to Self-Determination
    Gordon DiGiacomo and Tracie Scott

    10. DisAbling Human Rights? Moving from Rights to Access and Inclusion in Daily Life
    Deborah Stienstra

    11. The Politics of Women's Rights
    Caroline Andrew

    12. "All Manner of Wickedness Abounds": Reconciling Queer Rights and Religious Rights
    Karen Busby

    13. The Arab Spring and Human Rights: Discarding the Old Clichés
    Mahmood Monshipouri and Kelley O'Dell

    14. Freedom of Religion: A Change in Perspective?
    Melanie Adrian

    Part Four
    15. Whither Economic and Social Rights? Assessing the Position of Economic and Social Rights in the Neoliberal, Post-Crisis Context
    Susan Kang and Jennifer Rutledge

    16. Business and Human Rights: Challenges in Accessing Remedy and Justice
    Sara Seck and Kirsten Stefanik

    17. Human Rights and Climate Change
    Sam Adelman

    18. Human Rights and Security: Reflections on an Integral Relation
    Trevor Purvis

    19. Now You See Me: Privacy, Technology, and Autonomy in the Digital Age
    Valerie Steeves

    Concluding Discussion: The Effectiveness of Rights Instruments
    Gordon DiGiacomo

    Appendix 1: International Human Rights Treaties
    Appendix 2: Simulation Exercise
    Glossary
    Index