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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights offered at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, we are pleased to publish a commemorative edited volume on human rights themes authored by distinguished alumni and faculty.  

The chapters reflect on cutting-edge challenges in the field of human rights. Topics include refugee protection, women’s human rights, business and human rights, the role of national and international legal mechanisms and emerging themes such as tax justice, rights in the digital age, theories of change, and poetry.

It is a credit to the MA programme that the chapters are rich with critical analysis, diverse expertise and innovative approaches. This book will be essential reading for students of human rights and practitioners who can benefit from the insights into theory and practice offered here.

Table of contents

James Manor

1. Introduction
Corinne Lennox

2. Researching and studying human rights: interdisciplinary insight
Damien Short

3. Human rights theory as solidarity
José-Manuel Barreto

4. The social construction of Afro-descendant rights in Colombia
Esther Ojulari

5. Bringing human rights home: refugees, reparation, and the responsibility to protect
James Souter

6. Human rights and the new(ish) digital paradigm
Gaia Marcus

7. Theories of change for human rights and for development
Paul Gready

8. Shifting sands: a paradigm change in the development discourse on women’s human rights and empowerment
Catherine Klirodotakou

9. The role of human rights in diversity management and conflict prevention
Sally Holt

10. Why tax is a human rights issue: empowering communities living in poverty to hold governments to account for public services
Bridget Burrows

11. Technical cooperation in the field of human rights
Farid Hamdan

12. Poetry for human rights
Laila Sumpton

13. Transnational business human rights regulation and their effects upon human rights protection
Sumi Dhanarajan

14. The impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice in the UK
Smita Shah

15. Remedy Australia: because every human rights violation should be remedied
Olivia Ball

16. Extraterritorial non-refoulement: intersections between human rights and refugee law
David James Cantor

17. Rethinking Muslim women’s equal rights: faith, property and empowerment
M. Siraj Sait

18. Power of the law, power to the people: pursuing innovative legal strategies in human rights advocacy
Tanja Venisnik

19. Domestic incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Marshall Islands
Divine Waiti

20. The Inter-American Human Rights System: notable achievements and enduring challenges
Par Engstrom