International Human Rights

International Human Rights, published by Oxford University Press on October 4, 2012, is a successor to International Human Rights in Context, and retains the essential structure and basic understanding of the issues that were reflected in the predecessor volume.

Like previous volumes, the book was written by NYU School of Law Professors Philip Alston and Ryan Goodman who are both world-leading human rights scholars. They have chosen a wide selection of materials from primary and secondary materials to demonstrate and illuminate key themes and carefully guide the reader through each extract with thoughtful and lucid commentary.

The coursebook presents a diverse range of carefully edited primary and secondary materials alongside extensive text, editorial commentary, study questions, complemented by an online annex of documents that help guide the reader toward any additional documents. essential to the study and understanding of international human rights law (see

Comprehensive in scope, this indispensable volume outlines the basic characteristics of international law; the evolution of the human rights movement up to the present; the range of civil, political, economic, and social rights; the humanitarian laws of war; the impacts of globalization on the field; women’s rights; intergovernmental and nongovernmental institutions; and implementation and enforcement, among many other essential topics.

The following features set this volume apart from previous versions:

  • As of August 2012, it is completely up-to-date, including substantially revised materials dealing with women’s rights, economic and social rights, the UN human rights machinery, the International Criminal Court, the responsibility to protect, universal jurisdiction, and conflicts in culture and traditional practices.
  • It includes two new chapters, on fact-finding by international human rights organizations, and empirical research on the effectiveness of the international human rights regime.
  • It presents new sections on key topics have been added throughout the book, including a discussion of sexual orientation.

This third volume of the now seminal interdisciplinary coursebook has been called “…an indispensable tool for training the next generation of human rights practitioners, advocates, and scholars,” (Theodor Meron, NYU School of Law) and has been praised for its ability to expose “the sharp contradictions and dilemmas in the human rights movement, without concessions to political correctness or rushing to answers . . . ” (Makau wa Mutua, State University of New York at Buffalo).  Georges Abi-Saab (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva) recently called it (t)he most stimulating book that I know of in the field of human rights.”

For more information or to order a copy, please go to Oxford University Press or visit the NYU Bookstore.