With international human rights under challenge, this book represents a comprehensive critique that adds a social policy perspective to recent political and legalistic analysis.
Expert contributors draw on local and global examples to review constructs of universal rights and their impact on social policy and human welfare. With thorough analysis of their strengths, weaknesses and enforcement, it sets out their role in domestic and geopolitical affairs.
Including a forward by Albie Sachs, this book presents an honest appraisal of both the concepts of international human rights and their realities. It will engage those with an interest in social policy, ethics, politics, international relations, civil society organisations and human rights-based approaches to campaigning and policy development.
“This book is an excellent compendium of works by distinguished authors. It is extremely timely considering the dire state of the world at this time and can add substantively to the promotion of socially just actions, and policies, constructed from the pillars of human rights.” Joseph Wronka, Springfield College
“… accessible, concise and informative… identifies shortcomings and gaps in tools for protecting [human rights].” The Journal of Social Policy Studies (Originally published in Russian)
Gerard McCann is Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Head of International Programmes at St Mary's University College, a College of Queen's University Belfast.
Féilim Ó hAdhmaill is Lecturer in Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, and Programme Director for the Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management.
Introduction ~ Gerard McCann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill
Part 1: International Human Rights: Context
The Historical Development of the Concept of Rights ~ Peter Herrmann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill
The United Nations and the International Oversight of Human Rights ~ Féilim Ó hAdhmaill and Gerard McCann
The Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Social Charter ~ Liz Griffiths
The European Union and Human Rights ~ Gerard McCann and Nadia Makaryshyn
Human Rights and the USA ~ Peter Collins
International Humanitarian Law: Protecting Rights and Promoting Welfare during War? ~ Diana Buttu and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill
Part 2: Key Issues for Universal Human Rights-Based Approaches
The European Union, Human Rights and International Development Policy ~ Gerard McCann
Socio-economic Rights ~ Giovanni Farese
Cultural Rights ~ Adam Nowakowski
Migration and Refugees: Applying Human Rights to ‘Everyone’? ~ Michal Cenker and Daniel Holder
Conflict, ‘Terrorism’ and Non-State Actors ~ Féilim Ó hAdhmaill and Michael Ritchie
Gender and Human Rights ~ Birgit Schippers
Part 3: Human Rights Approaches to Social Policy Development
Human Rights-based Approaches to Social Policy Development ~ Margaret Buckley and Fiona Dukelow
The Right to Education ~ Benjamin Mallon
The Right to Healthcare ~ Ann-Marie Gray (Ulster University)
The Right to Housing ~ Dessie Donnelly, Joe Finnerty and Cathal O’Connell
Children’s Rights and Social Policy ~ Fiona Donson
The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities ~ Charles O’Mahony and Shivaun Quinlivan
The Right to Development ~ Stephen McCloskey
Conclusion: Human Rights in a Brave New World: The Shape of Things to Come? ~ Fred Powell