The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: A Review of Successes and Challenges:
An analysis of the success and challenges of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since its adoption some seventy years ago.
Editors: Noelle Higgins, Amina Adanan, David M Doyle and Michael Doherty
Publishing: December 2019
Price: €49 (not fixed)
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
About the Editors
Dr Noelle Higgins is an Associate Professor in Law at Maynooth University; she researches in the field of international justice.
Dr Amina Adanan is Lecturer in Law in Maynooth University Law Department; she researches in the areas of international law and international criminal law.
Dr David M Doyle is a Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University; he researches in the areas of legal history, criminal law, education law and intellectual property law.
Michael Doherty is Professor of Law, and Head of the Law Department at Maynooth University; he researches in the area of employment law and policy.
Who Should Buy This Book?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: A Review of Successes and Challenges will be of great interest to legal academics, researchers and students of human rights. It will also be of great interest to legal practitioners, legal librarians, human rights groups and NGOs and persons interested in the history, development and legal status of the UDHR and human rights generally.
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