Texts and Materials on International Human Rights offers a carefully tailored overview of the subject that covers sources and theories, institutions and structures, and substantive rights. The fourth edition is fully updated to include all key developments in the law, in particular issues around reform in the UN and the topical application of human rights around the world.

This collection of materials offers a comprehensive overview of the institutional structures relevant to international human rights law, crucial to the understanding of how law works in this challenging area. Designed to guide students through the fundamental texts for this subject, the author’s commentary contextualises each extract to explain its relevance, while highlighted further reading makes links to cutting-edge academic commentary to provide next steps for student research.

Offering a clear text design that distinguishes between materials and author commentary, and including reflective questions throughout to aid understanding, this book is ideal for students seeking to engage with the key issues in the study of international human rights.

chapter Chapter 1|28 pages

Sources of international human rights

chapter Chapter 3|34 pages

States and treaty obligations

chapter Chapter 9|38 pages


chapter Chapter 10|24 pages

Human rights defenders

chapter Chapter 11|48 pages

Indigenous peoples

chapter Chapter 12|60 pages

Prisoners, detainees and convicts

chapter Chapter 14|50 pages


chapter Chapter 15|28 pages

Emerging issues and challenges