ed. by Kasey McCall-Smith, Jan Wouters and Felipe Gómez Isa
Oxford [etc.] : Hart, 2019
XIX, 356 p. : portr. ; 25 cm
As human rights discourse increasingly focuses on analysing states and the institutions that promote and support the human rights machinery that states have created, this volume serves to recall that despite the growing size of the machinery and unwieldy nature of states, human rights began with real people. It samples a broad range of actors and localities where everyday people fought to ensure that the basic principles of human rights became a reality for all. This volume will give a face to the everyday people to whom credit is due for shaping human rights. It also responds to the perennial question of how to begin a career in human rights by highlighting that there is no single path into this dynamic field, a field built on the back of small initiatives by people across a broad spectrum of career paths.- Contains : Henry Dunant : paving the way for contemporary international humanitarian law / Joana Abrisketa Uriarte.- Tadeusz Mazowiecki : the human rights envoy of the former Yugoslavia / Roman Wieruszewski.- Max Van der Stoel : the infatigable traveller for human rights / Antoine Buyse.- Radhika Coomaraswamy : standing up for the oppressed and neglected / Ingrid Westendorp.