Bibliographic Details

Dictionary of international human rights law / Connie de la Vega.

Author / Creator Vega, Connie de la
Imprint Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., Inc., 2013.
Description 1 online resource (264 p.)
Language English
Series Elgar original reference
Elgar original reference.
Subject Human rights -- Dictionaries.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
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Other authors / contributors Edward Elgar Publishing.
ISBN 9781782540700 (e-book)
Summary 'Constance de la Vega's Dictionary of International Human Rights Law is a marvellous new human rights resource. It provides concise definitions and explanations of key human rights phrases, including specific recognised and emerging rights, relevant concepts, institutions and instruments. Human rights law has not grown in a vacuum, so some related concepts, such as from international criminal law and the law of armed conflict, are wisely included. This book will be an important addition to the libraries of human rights scholars, practitioners and advocates throughout the world--Sarah Joseph, Monash University, Australia. This one-of-a-kind Dictionary provides a comprehensive breakdown of terms employed in the discussion of international human rights law. In addition to a list of definitions, this innovative volume also includes an appendix featuring descriptions of major treaties, documents, and other important human rights instruments, along with references on how to locate them. Students and professors of international, human rights and humanitarian law will find this volume an indispensable resource, as will government officials and other practitioners working with human rights issues.
Other form 1849803773 9781849803779 (hardback)
Review by Choice Review

A plethora of dictionaries and encyclopedic works on human rights have been published; only a few focus particularly on international law aspects, this one by De La Vega (Univ. of San Francisco) being the most recent. Complementing International Human Rights Law: An Introduction (2007), coauthored by De La Vega and David Weissbrodt, this volume serves, ostensibly, as a companion volume to that text. As a stand-alone work, however, it is unremarkable. The first part consists of a brief explanation of terms (no more than a paragraph). The appendix, which takes up nearly a third of the book, contains an annotated list of major international legal instruments (e.g., treaties, declarations, conventions) and their sources. This is perhaps the most useful part, as the definitions themselves border on the perfunctory. Much, if not most, of the information contained in the book is readily available in authoritative online sources, which puts in question the added value it provides. It lacks an index and bibliography. At $160, it is no bargain and, unfortunately, fills no real void. It is a nonessential purchase. Summing Up: Optional. Only academic and law libraries building comprehensive collections in this area; graduate students and above. D. Ettinger George Washington University

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