Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Law. Europe and Asia

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Publication Date 2018
ISBN 978-981-10-6129-5
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This book analyses issues in human rights law from a variety of perspectives by eminent European and Asian professors of constitutional law, international public law, and European Union (EU) law. As a result, their contributions collected here illustrate the phenomenon of cross-fertilization not only in Europe (the EU and its member states and the Council of Europe), but also between Europe and Asia. Furthermore, it reveals the influence that national and foreign law, EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights, and European and Asian law exert over one another.

The various chapters cover general fundamental rights and human rights issues in Europe and Asia as well as specific topics regarding the principles of nondiscrimination, women’s rights, the right to freedom of speech in Japan, and China’s Development Banks in Asia. Protection of human rights should be guaranteed in the international community, and research based on a comparative law approach is useful for the protection of human rights at a higher level. As the product of academic cooperation between ten professors of Japanese, Taiwanese, German, Italian, and Belgian nationalities, this work responds to such needs.

Table of Contents:

  • Human Rights in Europe
    • Mechanisms to Protect Human Rights in the EU's External Relations | Yumiko Nakanishi
    • Fundamental Rights Regimes in the European Union: Contouring Their Spheres | Ferdinand Wollenschläger
    • Human Rights Protection in the EU as Unitas Multiplex | Noriko Ofuji
  • Human Rights in Asia
    • The Role of the Judicial Branch in the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Japan | Masahito Tadano
    • Does Formal Rank Matter? | Shu-Perng Hwang
    • The Asian Region and the International Criminal Court | Hitomi Takemura
  • Special Topics of Human Rights in Europe and Asia
    • The Principle of Non-discrimination in the European Convention on Human Rights and in EU Fundamental Rights Law | Niels Petersen
    • Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Europe and Asia | Sara De Vido
    • Guarantee of the Right to Freedom of Speech in Japan—A Comparison with Doctrines in Germany | Takashi Jitsuhara
    • China’s Development Banks in Asia: A Human Rights Perspective | Matthias Vanhullebusch
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