Other New Publications

Selected New Publications of CHREN-Members

Who is Heard? Critical Reformulations of Human Rights Universalism

Cover to the Book "Wer findet Gehör?"

Cover to the Book “Wer findet Gehör?”

by Imke Leicht (Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2016)

Human rights claim to be universally applicable, and yet some groups are excluded from them. The author draws upon critical feminist approaches by Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler and Gayatri C. Spivak, to investigate these exclusions. She shows how conceptions of society and individuality that underlie human rights must constantly be reevaluated in order for the emancipatory potential of human rights to unfold and for previously unheard voices to be heard.

Only available in German.

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Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary

Cover to the Book "Freedom of Religion or Belief"

Cover to the Book “Freedom of Religion or Belief”

by Heiner Bielefeldt, Nazila Ghanea and Michael Wiener (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Provides an authoritative interpretation of the scattered international human rights law provisions on freedom of religion or belief

Gives a precise and concise overview of the relevant international legal standards and their interpretation by UN human rights mechanisms

Examines the large number of distinct yet interrelated facets of the right to freedom of religion or belief

Structured around the thematic categories of the United Nations Special Rapporteur’s framework for communications

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The Human Right to Health – Normative Foundations and Recent Discussions

Cover to the Book "Das Menschenrecht auf Gesundheit"

Cover to the Book “Das Menschenrecht auf Gesundheit”

by Andreas Frewer and Heiner Bielefeldt (Publishers) (Transcript Press, 2016)

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How can human rights be respected and implemented in the health care system? This volume which emerged from a research group of the “Emerging Fields Initiative” and presents findings of a long-term cooperation of experts, sets a theoretical basis for the right to health and shows practical applications in national and global contexts. Central questions at the cross-section of human rights and ethics in medicine are discussed by cooperating authors from the fields of philosophy, medicine, ethics, law and political science in recognition of international perspectives by the World Health Organization (WHO) and others. This book features contributions by Heiner Bielefeldt (Erlangen-Nuremberg/Geneva), Lotta Eriksson (Stockholm), Andreas Frewer (Erlangen-Nuremberg), Christina Heinicke (Erlangen-Nuremberg), Michael Krennerich (Erlangen-Nuremberg), Amrei Müller (Oslo), Andreas Reis (Geneva), Abha Saxena (Geneva), Martina Schmidhuber (Erlangen-Nuremberg/Salzburg) and Caroline Welsh (Berlin), as well as an Annex containing the German translation of the General Comment 14: “The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health” by the UN-Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Only available in German.


The Universal Enforcement of the Right to Food against Transnational Companies

Cover to the Book "Die universelle Durchsetzung des Rechts auf Nahrung gegen transnationale Unternehmen"by Ibrahim Kanalan (Mohr Siebeck, 2015)

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Is the Right to Food universally justiciable? Can it be enforced against transnational companies? Ibrahim Kanalan critically discusses concerns against the legal enforcement of the right to food as well as the legally binding qualities of human rights for transnational companies, and shows possibilities for enforcing the right to food against transnational companies.

Only available in German.