Examining Critical Perspectives on Human Rights sets out a practical and theoretical overview of the future of human rights within the United Kingdom and beyond. A number of internationally renowned scholars respond to David Kennedy's contribution 'The International Human Rights Movement: Still Part of the Problem?' from a range of different perspectives. With its combination of theory and practice of international and domestic human rights at this key juncture in the human rights project, it is relevant to all scholars and practitioners with an interest in human rights.
Rob Dickinson is a Lecturer at Newcastle Law School, where his research focuses on self-determination, rights of minorities and oppression. Elena Katselli Proukaki is a Lecturer at Newcastle Law School, where her research areas focus on state responsibility, human rights violations and armed conflict. Colin Murray is a Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University, where his research interests focus on concepts of allegiance, citizenship and national security. Ole W. Pedersen is a Lecturer at Newcastle Law School, where his research interests focus on environmental law, human rights and public law.
Part I. Introduction: 1. Re-examining critical perspectives on human rights Ole W. Pedersen; 2. The international human rights movement: still part of the problem? David Kennedy; Part II. Domestic Human Rights Perspectives: 3. The ongoing idolatry of the Human Rights Act Keith Ewing; 4. If you cannot change the rules of the game, adapt to them: United Kingdom responses to the restrictions set by Article 3 ECHR on 'national security' deportations David Bonner; 5. The right to security - securing rights or securitizing rights? Liora Lazarus; 6. Lawfare unbounded? Human rights and civil liberties as weapons of area denial Colin Murray; Part III. International Human Rights Law Perspectives: 7. The rule of law and the role of human rights when peace and security are under attack Elena Katselli; 8. The problematic authority of international human rights law Steven Wheatley; 9. Universal human rights: a challenge too far Rob Dickinson; Part IV. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights: 10. Human rights and the mass media Eric Heinze; 11. Human rights activism, expertise and academic inquiry: beyond legitimation v. emancipation - a self-critical reflection Christine Bell; 12. Human rights, 'lawfare' and American exceptionalism Richard Mullender.