Recommendations for readings on human rights

Hi everyone,

A graduate student of mine is interested in doing some research on the topic of human rights.  I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good review article that presents the main debates in the contemporary literature on human rights, or a book that does the same.  I am not interested in a book that primarily offers its own distinctive take on the issue.  Rather, I would like something to help this student start to navigate the literature.

Thanks a lot for any ideas.


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5 Responses to Recommendations for readings on human rights

  1. Ari Kohen says:

    You might look at Dave Forsythe’s Human Rights in International Relations and Jack Donnelly’s Human Rights in Theory and Practice.

  2. Claudio Corradetti says:

    this is a good collection of classical and modern articles on the philosophy of human rights.

  3. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I second both Ari and David’s recommendations. Also indispensable is Steiner and Alston’s volume, International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals (2nd ed., 2000). While massive (over 1,400 pgs.), it’s well organized, including introductory and survey pieces on the basic subject areas

    In doing further research, he or she may find my bibliography useful:

  4. Nicole Hassoun says:

    James Nickel, Allen Buchanan, James Griffin, and John Tasioulas all provide nice overviews in some of their articles/books.

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