Human Rights and Power in Times of Globalisation

How does globalisation affect the ability of human rights to constrain power? This is the central question of this volume that tackles the issue from a variety of perspectives. It covers such branches of international law and human rights as diplomatic protection, powers of the UN Security Council, responsibility of international organisations, accountability of multinational corporations, third-generation rights, law of armed conflict, and state sovereignty. The contributions problematize the role of human rights and call for rethinking of the structure and functioning of human rights. The contributions adopt a variety of disciplinary perspectives that all elucidate difficulties human rights face in a globalised world and suggest ways forward.
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Biographical Note

Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. In 2016 she received NUI Galway President’s award for research excellence. She acted as an independent expert for the EU Horizon2020 Programme.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors Introduction: Human Rights, Power and Globalisation: A RoadmapEkaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko

Part 1: Human Rights in Times of Globalisation: a Panacea?

1 Indigenous Peoples’ Collective Self-determination in the Age of Legal GlobalisationRanjoo Seodu Herr 2 Re-appraising the Significance of ‘Third-Generation’ Rights in a Globalised WorldDustin N. Sharp

Part 2: Human Rights and Power of States in Context

3 Sovereignty as Responsibility at the International Criminal Court: The Frontiers of International Judicial InterventionEmanuela Piccolo Koskimies 4 Taming the Way of Conducting Hostilities in Times of Global ConflictPatrycja Grzebyk 5 Denizenship as a Basis for Compulsory Diplomatic Protection: Does Residence Security as a Human Right Restrict State Sovereignty?Tomoko Yamashita

Part 3: Human Rights and Power of International Organisations

6 International Organisations and the Pluralist International System: Threatening the Role of Human Rights?Scarlett McArdle 7 The Gradual Normative Shift from ‘Veto as a Right’ to ‘Veto as a Responsibility’: The Suez Crisis, the Syrian Conflict, and un ReformNao Seoka

Part 4: Human Rights Taming Power Through Domestic Processes

8 The Bounds of (Il)legality: Rethinking Regulation of Transnational Corporate WrongsValentina Azarova 9 Imagining People’s Tribunals as the Promoter of Human RightsRegina Menachery Paulose Index


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