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The International Law of Youth Rights

Second Revised Edition

Edited by Jorge Cardona, Giuseppe Porcaro, Jaakko Weuro and Giorgio Zecca

In 1996 William Angel launched a unique, pioneering study tracing the origin, growth and basic features of the international law of youth rights. It consisted of both source documents and commentary on the historical trends to elaborate and codify international instruments and standards in this field, as well as action taken by governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations to promote and protect youth rights. It concluded with a call for a new international instrument and monitoring machinery to better promote and protect the rights of youth on a global basis.
The aim of the current revised, updated and expanded edition of this ground-breaking work is twofold. First, to preserve and update the landmark historical research undertaken by William Angel and present it to today’s audience. Second, to introduce up-to-date analysis of the state of the International Law of Youth Rights and to provide an easy-to-use compilation of sources of law for researchers and practitioners active in this field. This important collection will provide a roadmap for readers to finding the various sources of the International Law of Youth Rights and a reference point for the most relevant legal documents in force. It aims to spark further legal, political and sociological research in the academic field, as well as support even stronger advocacy actions to further the rights of young people.

Two volume set.

Peoples and International Law

Second Revised Edition


James Summers

Peoples and International Law is a detailed survey of the law of self-determination with a focus on the concept of nations and peoples. It engages with different aspects of this law with particular emphasis on the drafting and implementation of international instruments. The second edition includes new coverage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the African and Arab charters. It considers recent practice by the Human Rights Committee, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights dealing with the emerging political, economic and environmental aspects of the right. The book looks at the interaction of international law, nationalism and liberalism in theories of nationhood and self-determination, as well as, the historical development of the right and the decisions of international bodies. Lastly, it examines practice in this area, including new developments in remedial independence and international territorial administration.

Also available in hardback.


Natan Lerner

Religion, and beliefs related to religion, are a central factor in international life and politics. International law, and human rights law in particular, have to take into consideration the religious dimension, and have done it to some extent. A body of positive law has already been developed for the protection of freedom of religion, and from religion, by the United Nations and regional and specialized organizations.

The first edition of this book appeared six years ago, in coincidence with the 25th anniversary of the 1981 United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion of Belief. It discussed the legal meaning of religion and belief, the United Nations work in this respect, religious minorities, relevant regional and special arrangements, the issue of proselytism, religion and terrorism, religious symbols, international criminal law, and some particular cases such as the state and religious communities in Israel, and this country’s agreement with the Holy See.

This second edition of the book updates the information on relevant developments that took place in the time elapsed. and incorporates several new chapters on important issues related to religious freedoms. Such are the chapters on freedom from religion, religion and freedom of association, religion and freedom of expression (including the controversy with respect of defamation of religions), and group rights and legal pluralism. The order of the chapters has been rearranged.

It is hoped that law and political science schools, human rights associations and scholars, as well as governments and bodies active in the area of religious freedoms, will find interest in this second, revised and considerably enlarged, edition.

Cynthia Price-Cohen

December 2004 marked the end of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The Decade, and the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, has brought enormous international attention to the situation of Indigenous People. Developing Rights of Indigenous Children is being published now to give interested readers and human rights advocates a valuable insider’s view of the recent dramatic accomplishments in this rapidly-evolving field.

The book is a collection of essays that are divided into four sections: Background (covering treaties, -- such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child , national legislation and tribal law); Important Indigenous Child Issues,(including cultural identity, land rights and health); Regional Indigenous Child Issues (which includes chapters about the issues concerning indigenous children in specific geographic areas, such as Alaska and Venezuela ); and Voices of Youth (with essays by indigenous young people who give their views about their present circumstances and hopes for the future),

The book’s authors are all recognized authorities on indigenous issues and children’s rights and include such luminaries as Jaap Doek (Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child – which monitors the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and Wilton Littlechild (Rapporteur for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues). The editors, Cynthia Price Cohen and Philip Cook have been at the forefront of the indigenous child rights movement and are recognized authorities on Indigenous children’s rights.

Developing Rights of Indigenous Children is timely, informative and fascinating, a must-read for anyone interested in knowing more about indigenous issues and indigenous children in particular.

Edited by Hurst Hannum

The scope of arrangements which provide for some degree of “autonomy” is almost unlimited, as are the norms and means which have been adopted to protect minority rights.
Documents on Autonomy and Minority Rights offer examples of some of the unique structures which have been developed to respond to geographic, political, ethnic, linguistic, and other differences under a single sovereignty. They present a broad spectrum of domestic constitutional provisions, statutes, and political agreements, as well as a comprehensive collection of relevant international instruments.
The first section includes documents adopted on a global or regional basis to set standards for the protection of minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. The second section includes a wide range of national documents related to minority rights and/or autonomy. The last section contains historical documents. The author has written a brief introduction to each document to give the reader unfamiliar with the situation to which a document pertains enough information to consider its context.
No single text can be used as a model of autonomy, for every situation is unique. At the same time, however, greater knowledge of a broad range of successful and unsuccessful arrangements may inspire new ideas with which to address conflicts which have claimed tens of thousands of lives in recent years.
At the very least, the ingenuity evidenced in some of the documents should encourage experimentation and underscore the need of going beyond the mere recitation of definitions of federalism, consociation, devolution, or other constitutional models. The great variety of institutional arrangements, the detailed provisions developed to resolve particularly difficult local problems, and the flexibility in addressing issues such as revenue-sharing or participation in international organizations, demonstrate that neither “sovereignty” nor “self-determination” need stand in the way of innovative solutions.

Gisbert Flanz

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.

Self-Determination in Law and Practice

The New Doctrine in the United Nations

Michla Pomerance