Books

Members of the Human Rights Centre have published a number of books. Below are some more recent monographs:

The Law and Slavery Prohibiting Human Exploitation

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Jean Allain, Brill, 2015

The Law and Slavery sets out the articles, book reviews and case notes by Professor Jean Allain which led to pioneering exploration of forced labour, servitudes, slavery, the slave trade, and trafficking in his 2013 Slavery in International Law: Of Human Exploitation and Trafficking (MNP). This collection brings together Professor Allain’s considerations of the evolution of legal abolition internationally, his critique of the then status quo in the area of slavery and the law, and goes on to develop the foundations of a legal understanding of various servitudes and slavery based on his archival research and legal analysis. Professor Allain’s research has transformed the landscape of how we understand contemporary slavery and those other servitudes which constitute human exploitation.

Human Rights in Northern Ireland: The Committee on the Administration of Justice Handbook

Edited by: Brice Dickson, Brian Gormally. Hart Publishing 2015.

This Handbook is the latest version of a book that was last published in 2003, and has been completely revised to take account of the innumerable legal developments since then. The book contains 26 chapters on topics ranging across the full spectrum of civil, political, social, economic and environmental rights, with particular emphasis on the right not to be discriminated against. It is currently the most comprehensive and practical publication on the state of human rights in Northern Ireland. This is a part of the world where, as well as ongoing issues arising out of the conflict (‘emergency laws’ are still in place, for example), there are familiar questions concerning the rights of people with poor mental health, the law relating to family and sexual matters, children’s rights, education rights, employment rights, housing rights, and social security rights. The contributors to the book are all experts in their field, most of them with years of experience as human rights activists and advisers. The book provides precise information about relevant legislation and case law (on which there are tables) and is fully indexed.

Bills of Rights: A Comparative Perspective

Ronagh J.A. McQuigg, Intersentia,  2014 

Bills of rights are currently a much debated topic in various jurisdictions throughout the world. Almost all democratic nations, with the exception of Australia, now have a bill of rights. These take a variety of forms, ranging from constitutionally entrenched bills of rights, such as those of the United States and South Africa, to non-binding statements of rights. Falling between these approaches are non-entrenched, statutory bills of rights. As regards the latter, a model which has become increasingly popular is that of bills of rights based on interpretative obligations, whereby duties are placed upon courts to interpret national legislation in accordance with human rights standards. This book provides a comparative analysis of the bills of rights of a number of jurisdictions which have chosen to adopt such an approach. The jurisdictions considered are New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Australian Capital Territory and the Australian state of Victoria.

 

Justice for Victims before the International Criminal Court 

Luke Moffett, Routledge 2014 

‘Justice for victims before the International Criminal Court examines how justice can be delivered to victims of mass violence. Many prosecutors and commentators have praised the victim provisions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as ‘justice for victims’, which for the first time include participation, protection and reparations. This book critically examines the role of victims in international criminal justice, drawing from human rights, victimology, and best practices in transitional justice. Based on field research in Northern Uganda, Luke Moffett explores the nature of international crimes and assesses the role of victims in the proceedings of the ICC, paying particular attention to their recognition, participation, reparations and protection. The book argues that because of the criminal nature and structural limitations of the ICC, justice for victims is symbolic, requiring State Parties to complement the work of the Court to address victims’ needs. In advancing an innovative theory of justice for victims, and in offering solutions to current challenges, the book will be of great interest and use to academics, practitioners and students engaged in victimology, the ICC, transitional justice, or reparations

 

Human Rights and the United Kingdom Supreme Court 

Brice Dickson, Oxford University Press 2013 

This book analyses the approaches to human rights, especially rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, currently adopted by the Justices of the UK Supreme Court. It first charts how the Court deals with procedural aspects of the Human Rights Act 1998 before going on to consider on a right-by-right basis the views expressed by the Court and views expressed by judges in earlier cases but approved by the Supreme Court. Particular attention is paid to decisions of the top UK court (when it was the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords) which have subsequently been reviewed by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

 

Slavery in International Law: Of Human Exploitation and Trafficking

 

Jean Allain, Martinus Nijhoff/Brill 2013

With the advent, in the twenty-first century, of the trafficking conventions and the criminalisation of enslavement before the International Criminal Court, the need to establish the black-letter law dealing with human exploitation has become acute. Slavery in International Law sets out the applicable law of human exploitation in the various sub-areas of international law, including general international law, human rights law, humanitarian law, labour law and the law of the sea; so as to create an overall understanding of what constitutes, in law, slavery and lesser types of human exploitation including: forced labour and servitudes such as debt bondage or servile marriage, as set out in the established definition of ‘trafficking in persons’.