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Understanding Human Rights

Educational Challenges for the Future Paula Gerber, Monash University, Australia
Paula Gerber argues that international law can learn from the medical profession, which has long recognised that ‘prevention is better than cure’. There is an urgent need for HRE to be recognised as one of the best ways of preventing future human rights abuses; it is, in essence, a prophylactic for human rights violations. The book explores the provenance of human rights education in international law before critiquing the UNs work in this area across numerous different organs, including treaty committees, the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The author identifies a number of deficiencies in the UNs HRE activities, and makes recommendations for how the UN can more effectively promote HRE and increase states compliance with their international HRE obligations. This book provides a unique and timely insight into the workings of the UN in this vital aspect of international human rights law.
Extent: 272 pp
Hardback Price: £85.00 Web: £76.50
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 84844 883 4
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This book offers the first scholarly analysis of the United Nations’ work in the field of human rights education (HRE) and examines why HRE is so important.

Paula Gerber argues that international law can learn from the medical profession, which has long recognised that ‘prevention is better than cure’. There is an urgent need for HRE to be recognised as one of the best ways of preventing future human rights abuses; it is, in essence, a prophylactic for human rights violations. The book explores the provenance of human rights education in international law before critiquing the UNs work in this area across numerous different organs, including treaty committees, the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The author identifies a number of deficiencies in the UNs HRE activities, and makes recommendations for how the UN can more effectively promote HRE and increase states compliance with their international HRE obligations. This book provides a unique and timely insight into the workings of the UN in this vital aspect of international human rights law.

Understanding Human Rights will strongly appeal to UN Bureaucrats, civil servants, human rights academics, human rights institutions and NGOs.
‘In essence we have here with this excellent work Understanding Human Rights an important contribution for international lawyers partially explaining why the issues of the UK’s concerns on human rights legislation raise such emotions: the matter is and always will be an issue of international and not merely domestic law.’
– Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine

‘This book is a worthy read and an essential ingredient of any HRE library.’
– Felisa Tibbitts, Human Rights Quarterly
Contents: Preface 1. Prevention is Better than Cure 2. Provenance of Human Rights Education within the UN 3. Human Rights Education and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 4. Human Rights Education and the Committee on the Rights of the Child 5. Human Rights Education and the Human Rights Council 6. Human Rights Education and the Economic and Social Council 7. Human Rights Education and the General Assembly 8. Human Rights Education and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 9. Recommendations Appendix A. Extracts of Selected International Documents Relating to Human Rights Education Appendix B. Bibliography Index