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International Human Rights: Law, Policy, and Process, Fifth Edition

by David Weissbrodt, Jena Martin, Frank C. Newman

2021, 1012 pp, casebound, ISBN 978-1-5310-1768-2


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International Human Rights

Law, Policy, and Process

Fourth Edition

by David Weissbrodt, Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Frank C. Newman, Joan Fitzpatrick

Tags: Human Rights, International Law

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1332 pp  $202.00

ISBN 978-1-42241-173-5
eISBN 978-0-32717-682-4

This comprehensive work provides an introduction to human rights law, policy, and process. International Human Rights begins with an overview, then discusses drafting and ratifying treaties, establishing institutions, using procedures for monitoring compliance and responding to gross violations, using adjudicative remedies, applying refugee and international labor law, relating human rights norms to terrorism, and exploring how the causes of violations can be used to improve human rights compliance. The Fourth Edition addresses a number of significant developments in the human rights arena including:

  • Emergence of international criminal law as a potential response to crimes against humanity;
  • Emergence of the United Nations Security Council as a significant human rights actor and the challenges it faces;
  • The role of human rights norms in responding to and regulating state responses to terrorism;
  • The capacity of human rights to respond to abuses by corporate actors;
  • The ability of human rights to respond to and account for violations committed in the context of ethnic hatred, internal conflict, and intrastate violence; and
  • The challenges faced by non-government human rights organizations in the post 9/11 context.

International Human Rights is also accompanied by a comprehensive documentary supplement, Selected International Human Rights Instruments and Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights Law. Professor Weissbrodt provides periodic updates to the casebook on the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library Web site (

This book also is available in a three-hole punched, alternative loose-leaf version printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper with wider margins and with the same pagination as the hardbound book.