Advanced Introduction to the Politics of International Human Rights

Elgar Advanced Introductions series

David P. Forsythe, Emeritus University Professor and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US

David P. Forsythe presents a compelling introduction to international human rights in a political context. He stresses the difficulties of interjecting human rights into foreign policy and international politics, while recognising the considerable progress that has been made over time. Focusing on international organizations, states, corporations, and private advocacy groups, Forsythe addresses key themes including war, migration, climate change, and slavery.

‘This is a short but learned introduction to the politics of international human rights, comprehensive and up-to-date. Forsythe is skeptical of the role of human rights in international politics, yet not pessimistic. The book contains important chapters on international humanitarian law, business and human rights, the role of NGOs, and major challenges including climate change, migration, and gender relations. Clearly written and lacking jargon, it is definitely suitable for teaching purposes.’
– Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights 2003-2016, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

‘David Forsythe, a pioneer and leading authority in the study of international human rights politics, has now produced an up-to-date, accessible, introductory survey of the field, rich in examples, judiciously balancing the case for human rights with a structural-realist conception of international relations, thereby maintaining a safe distance from “utopian” optimism, on the one hand, and “post-human rights” pessimism, on the other.’
– Michael Freeman, University of Essex, UK

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