The Challenge of Human Rights takes a detailed and exploratory approach to topics across the field of human rights, and seeks to map a path for future research and policy development.
It examines contemporary approaches to established rights, such as the right to peace and the protection against double jeopardy, while also revisiting overlooked or forgotten rights and concepts such as slavery, apartheid and the right to resist, determining the optimal place for those rights in today’s world. The contributing authors outline lacunae in human rights law where rights could be established, from voting rights for under-18s to rights for the dead to cultural and intellectual property rights, and also apply completely new approaches to questions that have troubled human rights advocates for decades.
This innovative book will be essential reading for researchers and practitioners of human rights law, political scientists, historians, and others who have a general interest in the future trajectory of human rights.
‘The editors, David Keane and Yvonne McDermott are to be congratulated on bringing together 18 distinguished contributors who offer a new insight into today’s human rights issues. It is an important contribution to the human rights debate which is set to continue as successive governments attempt to revise the 1998 legislation.
– Phillip Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine
‘This volume represents a genuine attempt to think beyond the realms of what exists, to reflect on ideas postulated in the past that could be of great salience in the future. It presents the reader with a key question: to what extent are the contemporary concepts of human rights and the systems that support them equipped to address the challenges of a changed world? By thinking through some of the ideas of the past, with a set of promising young scholars alongside more established names, readers will gain a sense of how human rights politics have shaped the current regime while also becoming attuned to the extent to which new directions and mechanisms can be forged in the future. Many of the individuals whose contributions are encompassed in this volume have strong links to the Irish Centre for Human Rights, at the National University of Ireland, Galway, an institution that has had a significant impact in its first decade of existence under the stewardship of Professor William A. Schabas. This volume celebrates the success of the institution by showcasing some of the talent it has generated, and is likely to be of avid interest to all who care about the future of human rights.’
– From the foreword by Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University, UK
Contributors: K. Anderson, M.M. Carpenter, J. Castellino, J. Curtis, A. Daly, S. Darcy, P. Fitzmaurice, D. Keane, Y. McDermott, N. McGeehan, D. McGreal, R. Murphy, S. Murphy, M. Ní Chríocháin, É. O’Brien, J. Reynolds, L.N. Sadat, W.A. Schabas