International Human Rights by Jack Donnelly and Daniel Whelan is holistic overview of human rights theory, institutions and law. The text is a well-developed summary that does not shy away from abstract concepts and advanced ideas. This allows the writers to do two things, convey the history of thought on the matter of rights, and to introduce the palpable tension within human rights concepts versus practice. Time is spent on democracy and human rights for example, where guarantees of freedom for all can understandably lead to violation of rights for some. This is important because these foundational concepts set the tone for the rest of the text.
"Book Review: International Human Rights,"
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