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06 May 2009
Julie Mertus' highly acclaimed text continues to be the only completely up-to-date comprehensive yet succinct guide to the United Nations human rights system.

Today, virtually all UN bodies and specialized agencies are undertaking efforts to incorporate the promotion or protection of human rights into their programs and activities. The United Nations and Human Rights examines these recent initiatives within the broader context of human rights practice, including the promotion of individual rights, management of international conflict and the advancement of agendas of social movements.

The fully revised and updated second edition not only provides a complete guide to the development, structure and procedures within the UN human rights system, but also reflects the vital changes that have occurred within the UN system, devoting considerable attention to expanding the range of issues discussed, including:

new developments in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights the current controversy surrounding the new Human Rights Council expanded treatment of economic and social rights.

A superb addition to any human rights syllabus, this book maintains its position as essential reading for students and practitioners of human rights, international relations and international law.
By:   Julie A Mertus (American University USA), Julie Mertus (American University, Washington DC, USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780415491327
ISBN 10:   0415491320
Series:   Global Institutions
Pages:   204
Publication Date:   06 May 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Replaced By:   9781138940376
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. A Guide to the New UN Human Rights Practice 2. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 3. UN Charter-based Bodies (and other non-treaty bodies) 4. UN Treaty Bodies 5. The Security Council 6. The International Labour Organization and the UN Global Contract 7. Conclusion: Looking Backward, Going Forward

American University, Washington DC, USA

Reviews for The United Nations and Human Rights: A Guide for a New Era

Julie Mertus is a rare academic, one who combines serious scholarship with extensive experience of human rights practice and the ability to communicate her passion for her subject-matter to a wide audience. Her concise and readable work was widely welcomed when it appeared in 2005, and this new edition will not disappoint. She has now provided an incisive and informed response to the Human Rights Council and the Global Compact, as well as bringing the whole text up to date. As Mertus concludes, the promise of human rights remains unfulfilled ; but she shows how the United Nations is working, against the odds, to turn ideals into practice. Students, activists and scholars will all benefit from this splendid short guide. Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London

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