If you want to know more about Human Rights, this book is a good way to start. As Clapham wrote in the Preface of the book:  “The aim of this book is to provide the reader with some entry points into the worlds of human rights thinking, activism, and law”.

The first and the second chapters give an understanding of Human Rights historical background and explained the concept of Human Right under the law in a national and international perspective, what our human rights actually are, what they might be, and where the human rights movement is heading. In the third chapter he explained the role of the United Nations. And in the last chapters Clapham choose some rights and explain the content of them. The chapters are about: torture, privacy, freedom, discrimination and equality, death penalty and food, education, health, housing and work.

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Companion site of the book here you can find all the texts and organizations that Clapham mention in the book, they are many very interesting links to different webpages.

About the Author

Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He specialises in international human rights and has acted in several ECHR cases. He has been a special adviser on Corporate Responsibility to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and was adviser on international humanitarian law to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. He was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York from 1991-1997, and has participated as the representative of Amnesty International in numerous inter-governmental meetings as well as in Amnesty International missions to Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi and Liberia. Andrew appeared in the case of Osman v UK before the European Court of Human Rights. More of Andrew Clapham