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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.

To buy this book, please visit the University of London's Online Bookstore.

Open Access Contents

Foreword James Manor
Introduction Corinne Lennox
Researching and studying human rights: interdisciplinary insight Damien Short
Human rights theory as solidarity José-Manuel Barreto
The social construction of Afro-descendant rights in
Esther Ojulari
Bringing human rights home: refugees, reparation, and the responsibility to protect James Souter
Human rights and the new(ish) digital paradigm Gaia Marcus
Theories of change for human rights and for development Paul Gready
Shifting sands: a paradigm change in the development
discourse on women’s human rights and empowerment
Catherine Klirodotakou
The role of human rights in diversity management and
conflict prevention
Sally Holt
Why tax is a human rights issue: empowering
communities living in poverty to hold governments to
account for public services
Bridget Burrows
Technical cooperation in the field of human rights Farid Hamdan
Poetry for human rights Laila Sumpton
Transnational business human rights regulation and
their effects upon human rights protection
Sumi Dhanarajan
The impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice in the
Smita Shah
Remedy Australia: because every human rights
violation should be remedied
Olivia Ball
Extraterritorial non-refoulement: intersections between
human rights and refugee law
David James Cantor
Rethinking Muslim women’s equal rights: faith,
property and empowerment
M. Siraj Sait
Power of the law, power to the people: pursuing
innovative legal strategies in human rights advocacy
Tanja Venisnik
Domestic incorporation of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
in the Marshall Islands
Divine Waiti
The Inter-American Human Rights System: notable
achievements and enduring challenges
Par Engstrom
Notes on contributors