The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights brings together a diverse body of work from around the globe and across a wide range of criminological topics and perspectives, united by its critical application of human rights law and principles. This collection explores the interdisciplinary reach of criminology and is the first of its kind to link criminology and human rights.

This text is divided into six sections, each with an introduction and an overview provided by one of the editors. The opening section makes an assessment of the current standing of human rights within the discipline. Each of the remaining sections corresponds to a substantive area of harm prevention and social control which together make up the main core of contemporary criminology, namely:

  • criminal law in practice;
  • transitional justice, peacemaking and community safety;
  • policing in all its guises;
  • traditional and emerging approaches to criminal justice;
  • and penality, both within and beyond the prison.

This Handbook forms an authoritative foundation on which future teaching and research about human rights and criminology can be built. This multi-disciplinary text is an essential companion for criminologists, sociologists, legal scholars and political scientists.

chapter |4 pages

Criminology and human rights

An introduction

part I|107 pages

Taking stock of human rights within criminology

chapter 1|9 pages

Turning to human rights

Criminology past and future

chapter 2|12 pages

Criminological issues and the UN

Key issues and trends

chapter 4|10 pages

The Africana paradigm

W.E.B. Du Bois as a founding father of human rights criminology

chapter 5|11 pages

Regarding rights for the Other

Abolitionism and human rights from below

chapter 7|9 pages


Needs, rights and justice

part II|116 pages

Law, regulation and governance through a human rights lens

chapter 16|11 pages

Civil society perspectives on corruption and human rights

The case of Papua New Guinea

chapter 17|10 pages

Human rights and multinational enterprises

A criminological analysis of non-judicial mechanisms of redress

part III|88 pages

Human rights in the promotion of peace, community safety and social justice

chapter 23|11 pages

The violence of war, the violence of peace

Mining, conflict and social justice on Bougainville

chapter 25|11 pages

Keeping the peace

Police peacekeeping and capacity development in the promotion of human rights

chapter 26|11 pages

Criminalizing dissent

Social movements, public order policing and the erosion of protest rights

chapter 27|10 pages

The limits of migration-related human rights

Connecting exploitation to immobility

chapter 28|8 pages

(De)criminalizing queer lives

Viewing through a postcolonial optic

part IV|97 pages

Policing and human rights

chapter 30|10 pages

Police, crime and human rights

chapter 32|12 pages

Bent to good authorities?

Human rights, authoritarian neoliberalism and consent policing

chapter 33|11 pages

Human rights and police training

Democratizing policing systems

chapter 35|11 pages

‘Like running on one leg’

The regulation of sexual rights through the preventative policing of sexual violence in Delhi

part V|84 pages

Human rights and the justice process

chapter 39|10 pages

Seeing the state

Human rights violations of victims of crime and abuse of power

chapter |11 pages

Survival, dignity and wellbeing

Indigenous human rights and transformative approaches to justice

chapter 42|11 pages

China's criminal response to domestic violence against women

Private prosecution and a human rights approach

chapter 43|10 pages

Human rights law and juvenile justice

Emerging law and practice

chapter 45|10 pages

Daiyou kangoku

Systemic human rights violations in pre-indictment detention in Japan

part VI|79 pages

Human rights and penality

chapter 48|12 pages

Supervising offenders in the community

Vision, values and human rights

chapter 49|11 pages

Prisons and human rights

Past, present and future challenges

chapter 52|12 pages

Human rights and prison

A case study from the Australian Capital Territory

chapter 53|12 pages

Human rights versus citizenship rights

Media coverage of human rights in the UK