Melissa Labonte and Kurt Mills (eds.), Accessing and Implementing Human Rights and Justice (Routledge, 2018).

Accessing human rights and justice mechanisms is a pressing issue in global politics. Although an understanding of justice is inherent in broad human rights discourses, there is no clear consensus on how to develop adequate means of accessing them in order to make a difference to people’s lives. Further, expansions of the boundaries of both human rights and justice make any clear and settled understanding of the relation difficult to ascertain.

This volume tackles these issues by focusing on the dilemmas of accessing and implementing human rights and justice across a range of empirical contexts while also investigating a range of conceptual approaches to, and understandings of, justice, including issues of equality, retribution, and restoration, as well as justice as a transnational professional project. The contributors, representing a range of disciplinary backgrounds and diverse voices, offer empirical examples from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Tunisia, and Uganda to explore the issues of accessing and implementing human rights and justice in conflict, post-conflict, and transitional settings.

This work will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, human rights, international criminal justice, and conflict response.

About the Editors
Melissa Labonte is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. She received her A.B. in International Relations from Syracuse University and her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Her research and teaching interests include the United Nations system, humanitarian politics, peacebuilding, multilateral peace operations, conflict resolution, human rights, and West African politics. She is the author of Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms, Strategic Framing, and Intervention: Lessons for the Responsibility to Protect (London: Routledge, 2013).

Kurt Mills is Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee. He previously taught at the the University of Glasgow, the American University in Cairo, Mount Holyoke College, James Madison University and Gettysburg College, and served as the Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. He is also the founder and Convenor of the Glasgow Human Rights Network. His work is addresses questions related to humanitarianism, international criminal justice and the responsibility to protect, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan African. He is the author of two books – Human Rights in the Emerging Global Order: A New Sovereignty? (Macmillan 1998) and, most recently, International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and Palliate (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) – co-editor of Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors (Palgrave, 2015) and co-editor of the Human Rights section of the International Studies Encyclopedia (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).