Title The Institutions of Human Rights
Subtitle Developments and Practices
Author Gordon DiGiacomo, Susan L. Kang
ISBN 9781487593247
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 328
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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“This is an ambitious yet accessible analysis of the institutions that comprise the international human rights system. The book’s breadth will appeal to students and other newcomers to the field, while the rich and nuanced chapters will provide new insights for scholars, practitioners, and activists alike.”

Courtney Hillebrecht, Samuel Clark Waugh Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


“DiGiacomo and Kang have assembled an excellent group of scholars to explore human rights institutions at the international and regional level and consider the interplay between institutional development and issues of accountability and enforcement. This volume is highly recommended for students and scholars alike.”

Steven D. Roper, Editor-in-Chief of Human Rights Review and Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University


Written from a global perspective, The Institutions of Human Rights is a contributed volume that examines international human rights institutions, procedures, and select issues. Closely examining international human rights organizations including the International Labour Organization, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights, this text places a particular focus on how institutions function, arguing that to truly understand human rights’ affairs one must also understand the politics and motivations at the core of these institutions.

In addition to providing a comprehensive examination of key institutions, this volume also sheds light on the procedures at play when implementing new rights and discusses weighty issues such as the protection of refugee and labour laws. Featuring chapters written by high-profile scholars from Canada, the United States, and abroad, The Institutions of Human Rights breaks down important learning objectives, features key take-away messages, and uses discussion questions to promote critical thinking and engagement.



List of Abbreviations

Introduction (Gordon DiGiacomo and Susan Kang)

Chapter 1. The International Human Rights Regime: Commitment and Compliance (Linda Camp Keith)

Chapter 2. United Nations’ Human Rights Procedures (Suzanne Egan)

Chapter 3. The UN Security Council and Human Rights (David Petrasek)

Chapter 4. The International Criminal Court (Jonneke Koomen)

Chapter 5. A Global Human Rights Court? (Jesse Kirkpatrick)

Chapter 6. Protecting Refugee Rights: International Refugee Law and the UNHCR (James C. Simeon)

Chapter 7. The International Labour Organization: Champion of Worker Rights or 90-Pound Weakling? (Gordon DiGiacomo)

Chapter 8. European Court of Human Rights: Towards a Holistic Approach to Human Rights (Filiz Kahraman)

Chapter 9. Typology and Appraisal of the African Human Rights System (Pacifique Manirakiza)

Chapter 10. The Inter-American Human Rights System (Cristiane Lucena Carneiro)

Chapter 11. Human Rights in Post-Transitional Contexts (Verónica Michel)

Chapter 12. Human Rights and Police Accountability (Susan Kang)

Conclusion (Susan Kang and Gordon DiGiacomo)


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About the Editors:

Gordon DiGiacomo is an Instructor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, and editor of Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies also published by University of Toronto Press in 2016. He obtained his doctorate in political science in 2010 from Carleton University. Most of his career, prior to entering the academic world in 2003, was devoted to working on issues pertaining to labour rights. His introduction to rights and rights instruments came in the early 1980s when, like other ministerial assistants at the time, he was engaged in the promotion of a constitutionally entrenched charter of rights for Canadians.

Susan L. Kang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at City University of New York. Her research and teaching interests include international relations, international political economy, labor and human rights, and international law. She is the author of Rights and Solidarity: Trade Union Rights in the Global Economy (2012) and she has published articles in New Political Science, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Journal of Workplace Rights.

Target Audience:

People interested in Political Science and Human Rights.

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