Policy Press

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International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development

Critical Perspectives

Edited by Gerard McCann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill

Published

29 Apr 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447349211

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

29 Apr 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447349235

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

29 Apr 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447349235

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development

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 and will engage those with an interest in social policy, ethics, politics and international relations.

“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

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