The last fifty years have witnessed the development of a global system of human rights promotion and protection. Canada has played a significant role in its growth and will likely continue to do so. Yet until now, there has not existed a comprehensive textbook on international human rights law written for Canadians. International Human Rights Law seeks to meet this need in a way that will encourage greater understanding of, and use of, international human rights law by lawyers, students and others.
Part One introduces the international law of human rights, including the related areas of international labour, refugee, humanitarian, and criminal law. The history and sources of international human rights are described and the leading treaties discussed.
Part Two addresses the reception of international human rights norms in Canadian domestic law. After introducing Canadian reception law and the leading Canadian human rights laws, this part embarks on an ambitious survey of the means by which the Charter and other laws implement--or fail to implement--Canadian human rights obligations.
Part Three is devoted to the promotion and protection of human rights in Canadian, international, and (to a lesser extent) foreign law. This part emphasizes remedial measures available to victims of human rights abuses, whether suffered in Canada or abroad.
Finally, the conclusion considers contemporary trends and issues in human rights law, including terrorism, humanitarian intervention, transitional justice, and domestic reception.
The book also includes a foreword by the UN Human Rights Commissioner, the Hon. Louise Arbour, and useful appendices on Canadian human rights treaty obligations.
Part One - The International Law of Human Rights
History of human rights
The concept of human rights: theory and contestation
Subjects and sources of international human rights law
The International Bill of Rights
Other UN human rights instruments
Regional human rights instruments
Related fields: international labour, refugee, humanitarian and criminal law
Part Two - The Canadian Reception of International Human Rights Law
General principles of Canadian reception law
Reception through the Charter and other human rights laws
Reception of specific international human rights
Reception of international labour, refugee, humanitarian and criminal law
Part Three - The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
State responsibility for breaches of human rights law
Canadian human rights mechanisms
UN human rights mechanisms
Regional human rights mechanisms
Other multilateral human rights-related mechanisms
International and mixed criminal tribunals
Foreign criminal and civil proceedings
Cconclusion: Contemporary Trends and Issues
Appendix 1: Concordance of Canadian and international human rights instruments
Appendix 2: Understanding Canada Treaty Series citations
Appendix 3: Key Human Rights Treaties in Force for Canada
Published January 2005
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
Australian RRP $60.00
International Price $55.00
Human Rights & Civil Liberties
Law - International
Law - Human Rights
Essentials of Canadian Law