Bibliographic Details

A handbook on international human rights terminology / H. Victor Condé.

Author / Creator Condé, H. Victor, 1947-
Edition 2nd ed.
Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2004.
Description xxxi, 393 p. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Series Human rights in international perspective ; v. 8
Subject Human rights -- Dictionaries.
Human rights.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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ISBN 0803215347 (cloth : alk. paper)
0803264399 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-393).
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Compact and comprehensive, Conde's work defines concisely nearly 800 terms that appear in human rights literature, ranging widely from the obscure ("cautio judicatum solvi" [bail bond], "retorsion," "slice instrument") to the used but unclear ("positive obligation," "peremptory norm") to terms common in spoken English that have different meanings in international law ("municipal law," "reservation," "incorporation"). Definitions range from a single sentence to slightly over a full column. Conde's book is much more useful for human rights students than Black's Law Dictionary (6th ed., 1990), which omits, for example, genocide; it is broader than John S. Gibson's Dictionary of International Human Rights Law (CH, Apr'97), which defines only 64 rights; it has many more but briefer entries than David Robertson's A Dictionary of Human Rights (1997). Conde's work strikes an excellent balance between breadth of coverage and depth of definition, although specialists will still need to consult Encyclopedia of Public International Law (12v., 1981- ). Conde also includes the texts of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1996 International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, but no other treaties; Robertson reprints many more documents. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. E. Welch; SUNY at Buffalo

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