ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

donderdag 20 augustus 2020

BOOK: A. Dirk MOSES, Marco DURANTI, and Roland BURKE, Decolonization, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Global Human Rights Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108479356, 90.00 GBP

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press is publishing an edited collection on the global history of human rights politics in the age of decolonization.


This volume presents the first global history of human rights politics in the age of decolonization. The conflict between independence movements and colonial powers shaped the global human rights order that emerged after the Second World War. It was also critical to the genesis of contemporary human rights organizations and humanitarian movements. Anti-colonial forces mobilized human rights and other rights language in their campaigns for self-determination. In response, European empires harnessed the new international politics of human rights for their own ends, claiming that their rule, with its promise of 'development,' was the authentic vehicle for realizing them. Ranging from the postwar partitions and the wars of independence to Indigenous rights activism and post-colonial memory, this volume offers new insights into the history and legacies of human rights, self-determination, and empire to the present day.


A. Dirk MosesUniversity of Sydney

A. Dirk Moses is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.

Marco DurantiUniversity of Sydney

Marco Duranti is Senior Lecturer in Modern European and International History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Conservative Human Rights Revolution (2017).

Roland BurkeLa Trobe University, Victoria

Roland Burke is Senior Lecturer in World History at La Trobe University. He is the author of Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (2010).

Introduction. Human rights, empire, and after Roland Burke, Marco Duranti and A. Dirk Moses
Part I. Anti-colonial struggles and the right to self-determination:
1. Seeking the political kingdom: universal human rights and the anti-colonial movement in Africa Bonny Ibhawoh
2. Decolonizing the United Nations: Anti-colonialism and human rights in the French Empire Marco Duranti
3. The French Red Cross, decolonization, and humanitarianism during the Algerian War Jennifer Johnson
4. Connecting indigenous rights to human rights in the Anglo settler states: Another 1970s story Miranda Johnson
5. Privileging the Cold War over decolonization: The US emphasis on political rights Mary Ann Heiss
Part II. Post-colonial statehood and global human rights norms:
6. Cutting out the ulcer and washing away the incubus of the past: genocide prevention through population transfer A. Dirk Moses
7. Codifying minority rights: postcolonial constitutionalism in Burma, Ceylon, and India Cindy Ewing
8. Between ambitions and caution: India, human rights, and self-determination at the United Nations Raphaëlle Khan
9. 'From this era of passionate self-discovery': Norman Manley, human rights, and the end of colonial rule in Jamaica Steven L. B. Jensen
10. Re-entering histories of past imperial violence: Kenya, Indonesia, and the reach of transitional justice Michael Humphrey
Part III. Colonial and neo-colonial responses
11. The inventors of human rights in Africa: Portugal, late colonialism, and the UN human rights regime Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and José Pedro Monteiro
12. 'A world made safe for diversity': Apartheid and the language of human rights, progress, and pluralism Roland Burke
13. Between humanitarian rights and human rights: René Cassin, architect of universality, diplomat of French Empire Jay Winter
14. The end of the Vietnam War and the rise of human rights Barbara Keys
15. Decolonizing the Geneva Conventions: national liberation and the development of humanitarian law Eleanor Davey
16. Liberté sans frontières, French humanitarianism, and the neoliberal critique of Third Worldism Jessica Whyte.

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(source: ESCLH Blog)