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International Human Rights, Social Policy & Global: Critical Perspectives

Gerard McCann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill


From a Critical Social Policy perspective and with a Global Development remit, this book addresses a range of key questions regarding international human rights. With human rights constantly under challenge, this collection of chapters represent a comprehensive critique that adds a social policy perspective to recent political and legalistic analysis. Expert contributors draw on local and global examples to review constructs of universal rights and their impact on social policy and human welfare. With thorough analysis of their strengths, weaknesses and enforcement, it sets out their role in d ... More

Keywords: International Human Rights, Social Policy, Global Development, International Relations, Social Critique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447349211
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447349211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerard McCann, editor
Queen's University Belfast

Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, editor
University College Cork

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Gerard McCann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill

Part I International human rights: context

1 The historical development of the concept of rights

Peter Herrmann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill

4 The European Union and human rights

Gerard McCann and Nadia Makaryshyn

Part II Key issues for universal human rights-based approaches

8 Socio-economic rights

Giovanni Farese

9 Cultural rights

Adam Nowakowski

11 Conflict, ‘terrorism’ and non-state actors

Féilim Ó hAdhmaill and Mike Ritchie

12 Gender and human rights

Birgit Schippers

Part III Human rights approaches to social policy development

14 The right to education

Benjamin Mallon

16 The right to housing

Dessie Donnelly, Joe Finnerty and Cathal O’Connell

18 The rights of people with disabilities

Charles O’Mahony and Shivaun Quinlivan

19 The right to development

Stephen McCloskey

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