The term “human rights” is relatively recent. It was first used in the late 18th century, in the West. However, many of the basic ideas behind that concept had long been current in various other cultures and civilizations. The book traces those ideas on a journey to some unexplored, or insufficiently explored, sources of what we now call human rights, in three stages: ancient China with Confucius and Mencius; the golden age of Islam with Avicenna, Averroes and Ibn Khaldun; and 16th century Spain with Las Casas and de Vitoria. The author’s conclusion is that human rights and the fundamental concepts of reason, justice and dignity which underlie them can be a powerful, leavening source of universal human unity.
Reason, Justice and Dignity
Outlining and analyzing the 100-year (1912-2012) sequence of proposals to formalize the legal status of International Non-Governmental Organizations, this work provides the benchmark against which contemporary and future initiatives can be evaluated and conceptualized.
Taking a historical and comparative perspective, the book analyses current attempts of regime change in various parts of the world, their intended and unintended consequences, as well as moral, legal and political aspects of external interference in internal processes.
In Unity in Connectivity? Evolving Human Rights Mechanisms in the ASEAN Region, Vitit Muntarbhorn discusses developments concerning the growth of human rights institutions and processes at the national and regional levels in Southeast Asia, and related challenges.
Dr. Carlo Panara, Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Gary Wilson, Liverpool John Moores University
This edited volume explores some of the key international law issues to have arisen from the events which comprised the 'Arab Spring.'
Edited by Marc Groenhuijsen and Tijs Kooijmans
Looking back at the findings of the ‘Strafvordering 2001’-research project, the contributions in this book discuss the question of whether the legislator has succeeded in improving the Dutch system of criminal procedure.
Georghios M. Pikis
The book analyses the concept and application of justice in every domain of life. Justice has a universal character, relevant to every part of the world. Deviation from its norms brings injustice entailing denigration of human nature in all its expressions. The book is worth reading by everyone ...
Edited by Merris Amos, Jackie Harrison and Lorna Woods. Published under the auspices of the Clemens Nathan Research Centre.
Freedom of expression – particularly freedom of speech – is, in most Western liberal democracies, a well accepted and long established, though contested constitutional right or principle. Whilst based in ethical, rights-based and political theories such as those of: justice, the good life, ...
Gerald M. Steinberg, Anne Herzberg and Jordan Berman
This work outlines available resources and proposed standards for international NGO fact-finding missions: Chapter One presents an introduction to the issue of NGO fact-finding. Chapter Two discusses the problems caused by the lack of any generally-accepted guidelines for NGO fact-finding, in ...
Cher Weixia Chen, George Mason University
Compliance and Compromise examines the status of gender pay equity that has been largely overlooked and how domestic legal systems respond to the ILO Convention No. 100 on Equal Remuneration, with the novel application of the theory “transnational legal process”.
Much remains to be achieved to protect women during conflict. This book analyzes the way that international law has contended with sex and gender crimes and examines the need for a separate recognition of sex and gender crimes under international criminal law.
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