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Selected publications by our staff

Below is a sample selection of the publications by our Human Rights Centre staff. See the individual academic staff profiles for full lists of the publications by our staff or search our research repository.

  • Recent books

    Book cover image of Human Rights and Cultural Diversity: Core Issues and Cases

    Human Rights and Cultural Diversity: Core Issues and Cases
    Andrew Fagan, Edinburgh University Press, February 2017

    A student guide to reconciling human rights with cultural difference, using political philosophy and real-life case studies.

    How can universal human rights be reconciled with respect for wide cultural differences? This textbook introduces the core issues for students and addresses them through an interdisciplinary analysis of key case studies. Throughout the book, an alternative philosophical framework is offered as a model through which universalism and difference can be reconciled into a single global vision.

    Book cover image of Launching of The Practitioners Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict

    Launching of The Practitioners Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict
    Daragh Murray. Consultant Editors: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Francoise Hampson, Charles Garraway, Noam Lubell, and Dapo Akande, Oxford University Press, January 2017

    The British government recently announced that it will protect its armed forces by 'introducing a presumption to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights'. There has never been greater need for guidance on the relationship between international human rights law and international humanitarian law. While this subject has been dealt with extensively in academic literature, there has been little guidance from a practical viewpoint: which human rights provisions apply, in what situations do they apply, and how do they relate in practice to the application of the law of armed conflict?

    Arab National Media and Political Change
    Fatima El-Issawi, Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016

    This book examines the evolution of national Arab media and its interplay with political change, particularly in emerging democracies in the context of the Arab uprisings. Investigated from a journalistic perspective, this research addresses the role played by traditional national media in consolidating emerging democracies or in exacerbating their fragility within new political contexts. Also analyzed are the ways journalists report about politics and transformations of these media industries, drawing on the international experiences of media in transitional societies. This study builds on a field investigation led by the author and conducted within the project “Arab Revolutions: Media Revolutions,” covering Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt.

    Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups

    Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups
    Daragh Murray, Hart Publishing, March 2016

    This book is concerned with the international regulation of non-State armed groups. Specifically, it examines the possibility of subjecting armed groups to international human rights law obligations. First addressed is the means by which armed groups may be bound by international law. Of particular interest is the de facto control theory and the possibility that international law may be applied in the absence of direct treaty regulation. Application of this theory is dependent upon an armed group’s establishment of an independent existence, as demonstrated by the displacement of State authority. As such, armed groups are treated as a vertical authority, maintaining the established hierarchy of international regulation. At issue is not a radical approach to the regulation of non-State actors, but rather a modification of the traditional means of application in response to the reality of the situation.

    Book cover image of Cinema of the Dark Side

    Cinema of the Dark Side: Atrocity and the Ethics of Film Spectatorship
    Shohini Chaudhuri, Edinburgh University Press, 2014

    Covering a diverse spectrum of 21st century cinema, Cinema of the Dark Side deals with documentary or fictional representations of atrocity such as state-sanctioned torture, genocide, enforced disappearance, deportation, and apartheid. Investigating cinema's ethical potential, the book argues that while films help to create and confirm normative perceptions about atrocities, they also disrupt those perceptions and build alternatives.


The Human Rights Centre produced a series of handbooks related to reporting torture and killings as human rights violations. The project was sponsored by the United Kingdom Foreign and Common Wealth Office and handbooks are available to download in a variety of languages: