The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: A Review of Successes and Challenges



Edited by: Noelle Higgins, Amina Adanan, David M. Doyle, Michael Doherty

ISBN: 9781911611301

Published: December 2019

Publisher: Clarus Press

Country of Publication: Ireland

Format: Paperback


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a landmark instrument in the history of human rights. This instrument was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has significantly influenced the development of human rights law and policy internationally, regionally and domestically.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: A Review of Successes and Challenges celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the Declaration and provides an analysis of how it has contributed to the protection of human rights globally. It also identifies and discusses a number of the challenges to the realisation of rights set out in the instrument. The chapters, authored by academics and practitioners in the field of human rights, provide insights into the drafting of the UDHR, human rights activism, the rights protected by the instrument, as well as the relationship between the Declaration and other human rights protective mechanisms.





Chapter 1: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Customary International Law - Amina Adanan

Chapter 2: Implementing Universal Declaration of Human Rights Standards through the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism - Noelle Higgins

Chapter 3: Minority Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Jean Molloy

Chapter 4: How Universal is the Universal Declaration? Indigenous Peoples as a Challenge to the UDHR - Ger Maguire

Chapter 5: The Rights of Workers - Keith D. Ewing

Chapter 6: Labour Trafficking and the Challenges of Victim Identification in Ireland: Exploring the Legacy of Article 4 UDHR - Muiread Murphy, David Doyle and Clíodhna Murphy

Chapter 7: Fundamental Rights and Evolving Technologies: Considering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 - Maria Helen Murphy

Chapter 8: Policy Developments in Ireland: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Siobhan Barron

Chapter 9: United Nations Targeted Sanctions and Human Rights: Challenging the Narrative - Deirdre Clancy

Chapter 10: The Contemporary Threat to Civil Liberties and Human Rights Activism - Liam Herrick

Chapter 11: The ‘Curious Grapevine’: 70 Years of Non-governmental Organisations in the United Nations Human Rights System - Fiona McGaughey

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