An introduction to the international law of human rights. It provides the reader with a systematic and concise treatment of the major UN and regional instruments in the field, and discusses and analyzes the institutions and mechanisms established to fulfil the objectives of human rights promotion and protection. The book also places human rights in context by describing their historical development and some of the theories which have been put forward in an attempt to determine their nature. Since human rights law is a specialist branch of public international law, a short chapter on the nature and creation of international law is included for those who do not have any previous knowledge in this area. The book should serve as a valuable resource for students in the fields of law, politics and international relations. It should also appeal to the general reader who wishes to acquire an understanding of one of the dominant issues of the post-1945 era.