Edited by Dapo Akande, Jaakko Kuosmanen, Helen McDermott, and Dominic Roser


ICLA contribution: Christof Heyns and Thompson Chengeta co-authors of chapter: The Right to Life and the International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones

About the publication

The world is faced with significant and interrelated challenges in the 21st century which threaten human rights in a number of ways. This book examines three of the largest issues of the century - armed conflict, environment, and poverty - and examines how these may be addressed using a human rights framework. It considers how these challenges threaten human rights and reassesses our understanding of human rights in the light of these issues.

This multidisciplinary text considers both foundational and applied questions such as the relationship between morality and the laws of war, as well as the application of the International Human Rights Framework in cyber space.

Alongside analyses from some of the most prominent lawyers, philosophers, and political theorists in the debate, each section includes contributions by those who have served as Special Rapporteurs within the United Nations Human Rights System on the challenges facing international human rights laws today.

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Table of Contents

I. Foundations
1: Reinvigorating Human Rights for the Twenty-First Century, Hurst Hannum
2: Global Consequentialism and the Morality and Laws of War, Hilary Greaves
3: Two Visions of Human Rights: Relational and Beneficiary-Focused Theories, David Rodin
II: Conflict and Security
4: State of Play and Road Ahead: Humanizing Security, Harold Hongju Koh
5: 'Sustainable Security': A Proposal, Fiona de Londras
6: Insecurity and Human Rights, Liora Lazarus
7: The Right to Life and the International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones, Christof Heyns, Dapo Akande, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, and Thompson Chengeta
8: Application of the International Human Rights Law Framework in Cyber Space, Helen McDermott
III: Poverty
9: State of Play and Road Ahead: A World of Poverty and Human Rights, Margot E Salomon
10: Poverty and Human Rights: A Peril and a Promise, Sandra Fredman
11: Uphill Battle: Deliberating Towards Human Rights Compatible Public Budgets, Jaakko Kuosmanen
12: The Promise & Pitfalls of the Sustainable Development Goals: Has the Time Come for a Rights-Based Approach to Poverty Reduction?, Magdalena SepĂșlveda Carmona and Kate Donald
IV. Environment
13: State of Play and Road Ahead: Environment and Human Rights, Kerri Woods
14: Don't Look Too Far: Rights as a Rationale for the Precautionary Principle, Dominic Roser
15: The Paris Agreement as a Human Rights Treaty, John Knox
16: Human Rights, Population, and Climate Change, Simon Caney