Bibliographic Details

Dictionary of international human rights law / John S. Gibson.

Author / Creator Gibson, John S., 1926-
Imprint Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1996.
Description ix, 225 p. ; 22 cm.
Language English
Subject Human rights -- Dictionaries.
Human rights.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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ISBN 081083118X (cloth : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references.
Review by Choice Review

Gibson's inappropriately titled "dictionary" provides an introductory reference to 68 human rights found in international treaties and declarations. The work is more a brief handbook or encyclopedia than a glossary. The initial definition of each right consists of a quotation from one international agreement, followed by a list of numbered articles of other UN and regional documents that identify the same right. Each entry then offers a short elaboration of the principle and a cursory history of how that right evolved in national legal systems. The author organizes the rights in five separate alphabetically arranged sections that include familiar categories of civil and economic rights. His novel grouping of collective and declaratory rights and unconventional use of several acronyms depart from the well-established approach of human rights scholars. Even were his entries written with greater polish, the material is not formatted for casual readers. The collection serves as a catalog for students who need a topical guide to the overlapping human rights provisions in several dozen international documents. A similar directory is The Rule of Law and Human Rights: Principles and Definitions (Geneva: International Commissions of Jurists, 1966), while Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series, ed. by Frank Magill (5v., Apr'93) provides the most encyclopedic recent treatment, but it is available only in the largest reference collections. Gibson's work would better serve current needs for an introductory overview had it included references to Internet sites where readers can view the full text of international laws identified. Undergraduates. H. Tolley University of Cincinnati

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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