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Non-state Actors in the Human Rights Universe by George J. Andreopoulos

Non-state Actors in the Human Rights Universe


Non-state Actors in the Human Rights Universe by George J. Andreopoulos

Despite the widespread acceptance of human rights at the normative level, actual progress toward the realization of human rights globally has been far from satisfactory. Concerned with human rights outcomes, this book departs from analyses that focus on the role of the state in human rights promotion and urges the study of the entire human rights universe. Transcending as well the literature on the role of NGOs, the book examines a broad range of non-state actors engaged in various activities that violate, promote or protect human rights. Contributing authors examine several important issues, such as bioethics, armed conflicts, and welfare reform, while stressing the need for accountability and mechanisms for curbing human rights violations.


This is a most welcome addition to the literature on evolving human rights issues. Scholarship has not kept pace with the politics, and it has been hard to find conceptually sophisticated but accessible material about the role and responsibility of non-state actors to human rights norms. This edited volume fits non-state actors into the political picture and offers a wide range of case studies for a close-up view. Anyone who teaches about contemporary human rights issues will want this book on their shelf, at ready reach.

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Publication date

15th July 2006


George J. Andreopoulos

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Kumarian Press


432 pages


Human rights



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