Human Rights in Action

Learning Expert Knowledge


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Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, PhD., social anthropology (2008), LLM, public international law (2003), University of Helsinki, is a Post-Doctorate Scholar at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. Her ongoing research project examines human rights expertise.
"Miia Halme-Tuomisaari's constructively critical engagement with a Nordic community of human rights experts is both liberating and empowering. This is a path-breaking, insightful and even exciting study of the “human rights phenomenon.”
Martti Koskenniemi, author of The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960.

"This is a wonderful book, not merely because of its style but because of its diversity and boldness. It reminds us how law is merely one form of societal control – an interesting, important and at times a dangerous one – and illustrates how lawyers are often a ‘part of the problem."
Professor Elina Pirjatanniemi, Director of the Abo Akademi Institute for Human Rights.

Chapter one: Introduction
Chapter Two: Emergence of the Human Rights Phenomenon in Finland
Chapter Three: The Scandinavian Network of Human Rights Experts
Chapter Four: Training for Expertise
Chapter Five: From Translation to Advocation through Law
Chapter Six: Profile of Expertise
Conclusions, Bibliography, Index.
Readers interested in human rights, critical legal theory, legal anthropology, the emergence of the human rights phenomenon in Finland, and conceptions of learning, expertise and knowledge.