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ISBN: 1-57105-098-1. Hardcover, 350 pages.

Edited by Burns H. Weston and Stephen P. Marks 1999.

Peering into the future of human rights law is akin to sizing up the promise and failings of the human soul. To understand the past and present of human rights can be a way of understanding what collectively we may become in the future, a profoundly important task to which this book is dedicated.
    - Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is grossly violated every day. Men, enterprises, and governments, with the power to observe it if they cared, simply go about their self-aggrandizing tyranny as if it didn t exist. Is it merely an empty ideal?

The writings in this book offer a searching analysis of what the Universal Declaration has and has not achieved, why it remains so vitally present at the heart of international law, and most important what meaningful steps can be taken to secure its stature as a formidable deterrent to greed, brutality, and the abuse of power.

The Future of International Human Rights analyzes and assesses emerging domains of international human rights law and practice, the development of which is part of the legacy of the Universal Declaration, and explores the viable pathways to the future that the Declaration opens up.

The contributors are Mary Robinson, Richard A. Falk, Martha Nussbaum, Burns H. Weston, Upendra Baxi, Anne Orford, Kamal Hossain, Yozo Yokota, Rein Mullerson, Stephen P. Marks, Dinah Shelton, M. Cherif Bassiouni, John Dugard, and Julie Mertus.

About the Authors

Burns H. Weston is Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at The University of Iowa School of Law and Director of the University's Center for Human Rights. Among his many writings, he has co-authored International Law & World Order: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook. He is the editor of the multi-volume reference work, International Law & World Order: Basic Documents.

Stephen P. Marks is the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health; formerly Director of Columbia University s UN Studies Program.


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