Dinah Shelton is Emeritus Manatt/Ahn Professor at the George Washington University Law School. She served as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2010-2014) and in 2010 she was president of the Commission. She has published widely on international human rights law and in 2013 was awarded the Goler Butcher Prize in Human Rights.
All interested in Human Rights, International Human Rights Law, and American writings on International Law.
Table of contents
Introduction Dinah Shelton
I. Laying the foundations for human rights law
1. Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)
2. Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (extracts)
3. Message of President James Monroe at the commencement of the first session of the 18th Congress (The Monroe Doctrine), 12/02/1823; Presidential Messages of the 18th Congress, ca. 12/02/1823-ca. 03/03/1825; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; National Archives.
4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Address of the President of the United States (Four Freedoms speech), 87 Cong. Rec. 44-47 (1941)
5. Louis B. Sohn, "The New International Law: Protection of the Rights of Individuals Rather than States," 32 Am. U. L. Rev. 1-64 (1982)
II. Identifying and developing the content of human rights
6. Raphael Lemkin, "Genocide as a Crime under International Law," 41 Am. J. Int'l L. 145-151 (1947)
7. Louis Henkin, The Age of Rights (New York: Columbia University Press) (extracts)
8. Henry Shue, Basic Rights (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980), pp. 5-65 (extracts)
9. Dinah Shelton, 'Human Rights Environmental Rights, and the Right to Environment' 28 Stanford JIL 103-138 (1991)
10. Thomas M. Franck, "The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance," 86 Am. J. Int'l L. 46-91 (1992)
III. Identifying and developing the obligations of states and other actors
11. Joan F. Hartman, ‘Derogations from Human Rights Treaties in Public Emergencies,” 22 Harv.Int’l L. J. 1-52 (1981).
12. Thomas Buergenthal, ‘To Respect and to Ensure’ in Louis Henkin, ed., The International Bill of Rights: The Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Columbia University Press, 1981)
13. Diane F. Orentlicher, “Settling Accounts: The Duty to Prosecute Human Rights Violations of a Prior Regime,” 100 Yale L.J. 2537-2615 (1991)
14. W. Michael Riesman, “Sovereignty and Human Rights in Contemporary International Law,’ in Democratic Governance and International Law 239-258 (Gregory H. Fox & Brad R. Roth, eds, Cambridge University Press, 2000).
IV. Human Rights Law in Relation to United States Law and Policy
15. Oscar Schachter, The Charter and the Constitution: The Human Rights Provisions in American Law," 4 Vanderbilt Law Review 643-659 (1951)
16. David P. Forsythe, "Human Rights and US Foreign Policy: Two Levels, Two Worlds," 33 Political Studies, 111-130 (1995)
17. Louis Henkin, "U.S. Ratification of Human Rights Conventions: The Ghost of Senator Bricker," 89 Am. J. Int’l L. 341-350 (1995)
18. Curtis A. Bradley and Jack L. Goldsmith, “Treaties, Human Rights, and Conditional Consent,” 149 Pennsylvania Law Review 399-468 (2000).
19. Richard B. Lillich, “Invoking International Human Rights Law in Domestic Courts, 54 U Cinn LR 367-415 (1985).
V. Human rights in international organizations and institutions
20. Meyers S. McDougal, & Gerhard Bebr, “Human Rights in the United Nations,” 58 Am.J. Int’l L. 603-641 (1964).
21. Egon Schwelb, The International Court of Justice and the Human Rights Clauses of the Charter, 66 Am.J. Int’l L 337-351 (1972).
22. Laurence R. Helfer & Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Towards a Theory of Effective Supranational Adjudication,” 107 Yale L. J. 273 (1997