International Human Rights Law, 2nd edition

Published by Pearson United Kingdom (November 12, 2009) © 2010

  • Javaid Rehman Brunel University



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International human rights law is among the broadest, most-dynamic and controversial topics in legal study. In this book, Javaid Rehman offers a comprehensive and practical examination of the workings of human rights protection and presents a considered legal analysis of such sensitive issues as non-discrimination, rights of minorities, indigenous peoples, and the rights of women and children.

He also explores areas such as enforced disappearances; torture; and terrorism – all highly topical and contentious issues which continue to dominate much of today’s social, political and legal debate.

This clear and straightforward analysis provides the definitive introduction to the area for undergraduate (LLB) and postgraduate (LLM) courses in international human rights law and international relations. The book will also benefit practitioners seeking to gain a basic understanding of the procedures of international human rights law.

  • Simple, straightforward analysis ensuring that students understand fully the complex system of international human rights law.
  • Comprehensive coverage giving a broad based introduction to the subject.
  • Practical approach preparing the student to understand and utilize the existing mechanism for protecting human rights.
  • Analyses new concerns in human rights dealing with previously overlooked areas of human rights.
  • Contains a comprehensive analysis of the international terrorism and its role in violation of fundamental human rights.
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This second edition has been thoroughly updated to include analysis of the key developments and latest legislation in the area, and the scope of the book has been extended to include new chapters on:

  • Rights of the disabled
  • Rights of refugees and displaced persons
  • Rights of migrant workers and their families
  • Human rights and international criminal law
  • International humanitarian law and human rights law

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PartI.International Legal Systems and the Development of Human Rights Law

1. Introduction
2. Historical Antecedents of International Human Rights Law
3. International Law and Human Rights
4. The United Nations System and the Modern Human Rights Regime

Part II. The International Bill of Rights

5. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
6. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
7. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Part III. Regional Protection of Human Rights

8. European Human Rights I
9. European Human Rights II
10. The Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights
11. African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
12. Other Regional Human Rights Instruments

Part IV. Group Rights

13. Equality and Non-Discrimination
14. The rights of Minorities
15. The Rights of Peoples and Indigenous Peoples
16. The Rights of Women
17. The rights of the Child
18. Rights of the Disabled
19. Rights of Refugees and Displaced Persons
20. Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families

Part V. Issues Arising in International Human Rights law

21. Human Rights and International Criminal Law
22. International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law
23. Torture as a Crime in International Law
24. Enforced Disappearances and International Law
25. Terrorism and International Human Rights Law


A1.Studying International Law of Human Rights: Sources and Further Research
A2.Table of Ratification of Human Rights Treaties

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