HR_2012This textbook presents the main universal and regional systems and standards for the international protection of human rights, also taking note of recent changes in procedure together with substantive developments in the field of human rights law. In addition to the United Nations at the universal level, it outlines the existing regional protection systems in Europe, Africa and the Americas as well as bringing forth the discussion pertaining to human rights law in Asia and the Arab countries. Moreover, the various means for domestic implementation of human rights law are covered, and attention is drawn to the role of non-governmental organizations in the protection of human rights. The volume is not limited to human rights law in the strict sense, but rather places human rights within a wider context of public international law as well as philosophy. The primary target group for this textbook is Master’s level students in law schools and specialized Master’s programmes in international law or human rights law, but the book may also appeal to more advanced human rights researchers and professors teaching human rights topics.

About the Editors
Catarina Krause is Deputy Director of the Åbo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights and Programme Director of the Master’s Degree Programme in International Human Rights Law at Åbo Akademi University (Turku/Åbo, Finland).

Martin Scheinin is Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism.