Students Staff

24 January 2014

World leaders in human rights attend launch of Essex-led book

Top practitioners from around the world have attended the Geneva launch of a new definitive book on international human rights law which has been co-edited by two University of Essex academics.

The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law has been co-edited by Essex’s Professor Sir Nigel Rodley and Scott Sheeran, both of the Human Rights Centre and School of Law. Of its 40 chapters, a quarter have been written by Essex researchers.

The launch event, which also launched a new human rights think tank the Universal Rights Group, was attended by the current President of the Human Rights Council, Baudelaire Ndong Ella, as well as two former Presidents.

The event was opened by Essex’s Dr Ahmed Shaheed, who is UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran and Chair of the Universal Rights Group Board.

With each chapter written by a leading expert, the Routledge Handbook provides a contemporary overview of topics integral to the theory and practice of international human rights law. It also addresses current and future challenges facing human rights, and examines how human rights law interacts with other legal regimes and international institutions.

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