International Human Rights Law (8th edition)

Rhona Smith

£33.99, Oxford University Press

This is a wonderful and timely update on the international human rights legal framework. Written with students in mind, it aims to keep them completely up to date with this important subject. The essential core readings, key cases and discussion points are clearly signposted.

Now in its eighth edition, the book has several new additions, including  a helpful new section on torture prevention and a discussion on the relationship between business and human rights.


Current and emerging areas of change in international human rights law can be found within a rewritten final chapter. This includes coverage of non-state armed groups and sustainable development.

Areas of minority and indigenous peoples and specific categories of persons have been reworked to better reflect the similarities and differences of their associated rights.

The chapters are wide in scope and are helpfully split into different internationally recognised rights. They provide a clear and broad coverage of the primary systems of human rights protection.

The book comes with online resources, which contain links to the full cases referenced at the end of each chapter as well as a list of annotated web links to aid further study.

At 436 pages this book is a concise modern summary of the subject, with newcomers in mind. It is well-written, easy to navigate and provides a brilliant resource for students with no legal background to develop a good understanding of the subject.

Zimran Samuel is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, London