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.