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A research agenda for human rights

edited by Michael Stohl, Alison Brysk

(Elgar research agendas)

Edward Elgar, c2020

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Includes bibliographical references and index

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary. This Research Agenda maps thought-provoking research trends for the next generation of interdisciplinary human rights scholars in this particularly troubled time. It charts the historic trajectory of scholarship on the international rights regime, looking ahead to emerging areas of inquiry and suggesting alternative methods and perspectives for studying the pursuit of human dignity. Chapters written by international experts cover a broad range of topics including humanitarianism, transitional justice, economic rights, academic freedom, women's rights, environmental justice, and business responsibility for human rights. The book highlights the importance of contemporary research agendas for human rights being centred on questions of governance and fulfilment, shifting responsibilities, rights interdependence and global inequality. This is a critical read for students and scholars of human rights law, politics and international relations. The strong forward-looking agenda and coverage of a large number of fields within human rights studies will be helpful for advanced students looking for new areas of study for research projects.

Table of Contents

Contents: 1 Introduction to A Research Agenda for Human Rights: Generations of human rights scholarship 1 Alison Brysk 2 The study of human rights history: A corpus-based linguistic approach to ’human rights‘ in the nineteenth-century British press 9 Eetu Vento 3 Humanitarianism: Coping in the void 23 David P. Forsythe 4 ‘People out of place’: Developing a human rights research agenda on internally displaced persons 37 Champa Patel 5 International human rights law: Progress and prospects 51 Kyle Rapp and Wayne Sandholtz 6 The future of transitional justice: Mercy or impunity? 75 Iosif Kovras 7 Academic freedom as a human right 89 George Andreopoulos 8 Socio-economic rights: Consolidating progress, charting future directions 111 Inga T. Winkler 9 Women’s rights: Then and now 127 Feryal Cherif 10 Inhumane environments: Global violence against environmental justice activists as a human rights violation 141 Jeff Feng, Matto Mildenberger and Leah C. Stokes 11 The public, the private, and the business-societal: A threefold approach to business responsibility for human rights 155 Janne Mende 12 Understanding human rights at the local level 173 Gerd Oberleitner and Klaus Starl Index 187

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