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Release: Jan. 24, 2000
Scholars pen essays that envision future of international human rights
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Various human rights scholars, including a University
of Iowa emeritus professor, have contributed to produce a book of essays that
imagines the future of international human rights. The book is an outgrowth
of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, a yearlong commemoration of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights held at the UI last year.
Burns Weston, UI College of Law professor emeritus, and Stephen P. Marks,
Harvard University professor of health and human rights, collaborated to edit
"The Future of International Human Rights," a book that the editors
say "provides for active discourse among and across a wide range of people."
The book contains a forward written by Mary Robinson, United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights and a poetic prologue by Marvin Bell, Flannery
O'Connor Professor of Letters, UI Writers' Workshop.
The essays reflect upon the last 50 years of international human rights
experience, analyze and assess emerging domains of international human rights
law and practice and recommend innovative approaches to the enhancement of
international human rights norms, institutions, and procedures for the future.
"The Future of International Human Rights" was conceived as a
way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, and the essays, the editors say, "are as diverse as the origins
and identities of their authors. At the same time, they share a common commitment
to the global quest for a legal, moral, and political culture that is based
on universal respect for internationally recognized human rights."
"The Future of International Human Rights" is published by Transnational
Publishers, Inc, New York, and is available now from the publisher, at a discount
at Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, and online at Amazon.com.
The essays and their contributors include: "A Half Century of Human
Rights: Geopolitics and Values," Professor Richard Falk, Princeton University;
"Capabilities, Human Rights, and the Universal Declaration," Professor
Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago; "The Universality of Human
Rights in a Multicultured World: Toward Respectful Decision-Making,"
Professor Burns Weston; "Voices of Suffering, Fragmented Universality,
and the Future of Human Rights," Professor Upendra Baxi, University of
Warwick (United Kingdom); "Contesting Globalization: A Feminist Perspective
on the Future of Human Rights," Anne Orford, University of Melbourne
Also included are: "Globalization and Human Rights: Clash of Universal
Aspirations and Special Interests," Senior Advocate Kamal Hossain, Supreme
Court of Bangladesh; "Reflections on the Future of Economic, Social,
and Cultural Rights," Professor Yozo Yokota, University of Tokyo; "Reflections
on the Future of Civil and Political Rights," Professor Rein Mullerson,
King's College (London); "Strengthening the Norms of International Humanitarian
Law to Combat Impunity," Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, De Paul University;
"The United Nations and Human Rights: The Promise of Multilateral Diplomacy
and Action," Professor Stephen Marks; "The Promise of Regional Human
Rights Systems," Professor Dinah Shelton, University of Notre Dame; "Reconciliation
and Justice: The South Africa Experience," Professor John Dugard, Leiden
University (Netherlands); and "Human Rights and the Promise of Transnational
Civil Society," Professor Julie A. Mertus, Ohio Northern University.