The Effectiveness of Domestic Human Rights NGOs

A Comparative Study

Although human rights NGOs, and especially domestic human rights NGOs, have become crucial to the human rights movement over the years very little literature exists which describes their operations or sets out a framework in which they can be critically examined. This book sets out to begin to fill this gap by focusing on how NGOs mobilise the law and how their effectiveness could be measured. Focusing on case studies of actual domestic human rights NGOs, and using a comparative methodology, this book focuses its analysis on the real life problems of human rights NGOs. The result is a revealing snapshot of the legal work of human rights NGOs and a vision of how they could become even more important in the future.
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Biographical Note

Scott Calnan, SJD (2004), University of New South Wales, has taught law at Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney. He is also the co-author of Sustainable Advocacy: Capabilities and Attitudes of Australian Human Rights NGOs (Australian Human Rights Centre, 2007).

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Contents; Tables and Figures; List of Major Abbreviations; Introduction; A. The Concept of the Enforcement of Human Rights Law; B. The Definition and Taxonomy of Human Rights NGOs; C. The Importance of Studying Human Rights DNGOs; Chapter One - Theoretical Approach and Method; A. Introduction; B. The Use of Comparative Law;
C. The Concept of the Mobilisation of Law; D. The Use of Case Studies; E. Methodology Used to Collect the Data; F. The Nationalist Path to Human Rights Enforcement; G The Social and Political Environment in Which the Law is
Mobilised; H. Outlines of the Case Studies; Chapter Two - The Tactics of Human Rights DNGOs in the United States, Britain and Germany; A. A Typology of DNGO Tactics; B. The Comprehensive Tactical Stance; C. The Case Studies; Chapter Three – The Structure of Human Rights DNGOs in the United States, Britain and Germany; A. Relevant Concepts of Organisation Theory; B. The Case Studies; C. Conclusion; Chapter Four – The Acquisition of Resources by Human Rights DNGOs in the United States, Britain and Germany; A. Types of Resources; B. Sources of Resources; C. The Diversified Approach to Resource Acquisition; D. The Case Studies – Preliminary Remarks; E. Case Studies – Comparison and Analysis; Chapter Five - The Effectiveness of Human Rights DNGOs in the United States, Britain and Germany; A. The Method Used; B. Implementation of the Method; C. Forms of Effectiveness; D. The Case Studies; Chapter Six - Conclusion; A. Important Patterns That Emerged in the Study;
Appendix; Bibliography; Index.


All those interested in human rights, public and international law (either specialists or students), especially those at academic libraries, public libraries and institutes.

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