This book elucidates why human rights still matter in contemporary global affairs, and what can lead to better protection of international human rights in a post-liberal order.

It blends theoretical, empirical, and normative perspectives, while providing much-needed analysis in light of the perils of populism, authoritarianism, and toxic nationalism, as well as highlighting the hopes with which people around the world view human rights in the new millennium. Systematically combining theoretical perspectives from across the disciplines with numerous case studies, it demonstrates not only the complexities of the domestic conditions involved, but also the ways in which human dignity can be preserved and promoted during periods of rapid change and uncertainty. Finally, the book addresses the question of how to protect human rights in such a world in which the active promotion of democratic values and enforcement of human rights may not be necessarily aligned with evolving economic and geopolitical interests of many great and diverse powers on the global scene. As such, it is a timely intervention for human rights as a concept as it has been attacked and eroded by the instability in our world today.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of human rights in politics, law, philosophy, sociology, and history and to humanitarian bodies, practitioners, and policy makers.

chapter 1|24 pages

Why human rights still matter in contemporary global affairs

ByMahmood Monshipouri

part Part I|76 pages

Framing the human rights discourse

chapter 2|16 pages

How do human rights matter?

ByMichael Goodhart

chapter 3|19 pages

Broadening human rights

The case for a pluralistic approach
ByHussein Banai, Anthony Tirado Chase

chapter 4|16 pages

Making human rights meaningful through practice

Lessons from the Middle East
ByShadi Mokhtari

chapter 5|23 pages

Assessing regional human rights systems

From convergence to divergence
ByDaniel J. Whelan, Andrew C. McWard

part Part II|74 pages

Human rights practice

chapter 6|19 pages

State responsibility and international law

ByMark Gibney

chapter 7|18 pages

Human rights and humanitarian action will endure

The case of the International Committee of the Red Cross
ByDavid P. Forsythe

chapter 8|17 pages

Denial and debilitation

Environmental rights and the harm of climate change denial
ByRichard P. Hiskes

chapter 9|18 pages

Transitional justice

From accountability to peace
ByMahmood Monshipouri, William V. Dunlap

part Part III|89 pages

Protecting economic rights in a globalizing world

chapter 10|18 pages

Labor rights as human rights

Theoretical foundations and practical implications
ByCarol C. Gould

chapter 11|20 pages

The trajectory of the right to food in Brazil

The debate between means and access
ByAnthony Pahnke

chapter 12|16 pages

Social movements, development policy, and human rights

ByShareen Hertel, Rajeshwari Majumdar

chapter 14|15 pages

Human rights and inequality

ByRhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

part Part IV|79 pages

Human rights challenges in a fractured, violent, and intolerant world

chapter 15|18 pages

Threats to freedom of the press

ByAndrei G. Richter

chapter 16|18 pages

Addressing religious intolerance in an increasingly illiberal world

ByBarbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan

chapter 17|19 pages

Neoliberalism and women’s rights

ByZehra F. Kabasakal Arat

chapter 18|22 pages

Climate refugees, forced migrants, and the Syrian crisis

ByMahmood Monshipouri

part Part V|12 pages

The way forward

chapter 19|11 pages

The resilience of rights in a post-liberal world

ByAlison Brysk