International Human Rights Law and Diplomacy

Principles of international law series

Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, former Ambassador and sometime Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK

This incisive book provides an unparalleled insight into the ways in which international human rights law functions in a real world context across cultural, religious and geopolitical divides. Written by a professor, former ambassador and international judge, the book demonstrates how power, diplomacy, tactics and processes operate within the human rights system from the perspective of a non-Western insider with more than three decades’ experience in the field.

‘ ...the author of this book is Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, an eminently experienced figure in matters of international law and diplomacy. Kittichaisaree currently serves as a judge on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, but has previously held
various prominent roles as a senior Thai diplomat posted to several states and at UN fora. As such, this book brings the insightful perspectives that derive from a first hand experience and understanding of the issues explored... a highly readable text and will be useful not only to those coming to the subject with little prior specialist knowledge, but also those already engaged in human rights scholarship. Notwithstanding the abundance of academic literature on IHRL in general, as has been illustrated, this book brings its own unique approach to the subject matter. The contextual approach employed is particularly effective in drawing out some of the key issues in understanding the applicability of and compliance with IHRL obligations and its place ought to be assured in any human rights or international law library.
– Gary Wilson, Liverpool Law Review

'The West has long dominated the development and enforcement of human rights law and the practice of human rights diplomacy. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree applies his deep and broad experience in the field to provide an eminently readable and essential piece of the global puzzle: an exposition of the history and present-day practice of human rights, as well as the challenges of tomorrow, from a wider perspective.'
– Gabor Rona, Columbia Law School and Cardozo School of Law, US, and former International Legal Director, Human Rights First

2020 360 pp Hardback 978 1 83910 218 9 £100.00 £90.00 $150.00 $135.00

Elgaronline 978 1 83910 219 6

Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. is registered in the UK at: The Lypiatts, 15 Lansdown Road,
Cheltenham, Glos GL50 2JA. Registered number: 2041703

How To Order


Get up to 20% discount when you order online

By Email

UK/ROW: [email protected]

N/S America: [email protected]

By Phone

UK/ROW: +44 (0) 1243 843291

N/S America: (800) 390-3149

Connect With Us

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

For news, views and offers


Read our Blog

For news, views and debate from our authors and readers.

For More Information

UK/ROW: [email protected]

N/S America: [email protected]