International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development

Critical Perspectives

The strengths, weaknesses and enforcement of concepts of international human rights receive a new social policy perspective in this insightful review of a pressing debate. Drawing on examples from around the world, it sets out the evolving role of universal rights in domestic and international policy and human welfare.

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With international human rights under challenge, this book represents 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 domestic and geopolitical affairs.

Including a forward by Albie Sachs, this book presents an honest appraisal of both the concepts of international human rights and their realities. It will engage those with an interest in social policy, ethics, politics, international relations, civil society organisations and human rights-based approaches to campaigning and policy development.

Gerard McCann is Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Head of International Programmes at St Mary’s University College, a College of Queen's University Belfast.

Féilim Ó hAdhmaill is Lecturer in Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, and Programme Director for the Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management.

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