New Book: Contracting Human Rights: Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Co-Directors of the Governance and Human Rights Hub, Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl, have a new edited volume, “Contracting Human Rights: Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity.”  This multidisciplinary book contributes to building understanding of the maturation of human rights, from a dissident doctrine to a dynamic parameter of global governance and civil society.  It is the direct result of the Governance & Human Rights Hub of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies’ highly successful workshop on human rights on January 27-28, 2017.

Through an examination of both global and local challenges to human rights, including loopholes, backlash, accountability, and new opportunities to move forward, the expert contributors analyse trends across multiple-issue areas. These include; international institutions, humanitarian action, censorship and communications, discrimination, human trafficking, counter-terrorism, corporate social responsibility and civil society and social movements. The topical chapters also provide a comprehensive review of the widening citizenship gaps in human rights coverage for refugees, women’s rights in patriarchal societies, and civil liberties in chronic conflict.

Contributors include:

Kirsten Ainley, London School of Economics and Political Science
George Andreopoulos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Clair Apodaca, Virginia Tech
Phillip Mansour Ayoub, Drexel University
Yining Bei, University of Southern California
Natasha Bennett, UC Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk, UC Santa Barbara
Kayla Caldwell, University of Southern California
Feryal Cherif, Loyola Marymount University
Michael Etter, University of London
Jesilyn Faust, UC Santa Barbara
Shiv Ganesh, Massey University
Felipe Gómez Isa, Universidad de Deusto
Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
Nora Katona, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Barbara Linder, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Karin Lukas, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Julia Planitzer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Wayne Sandholtz, University of Southern California
Gerson Shafir, UC San Diego
Cynthia Stohl, UC Santa Barbara
Michael Stohl, UC Santa Barbara
Anne Vestergaard, Copenhagen Business School
Claire Wright, Thomas Jefferson School of Law