Activating Human Rights

by Elisabeth Porter (Volume editor) Baden Offord (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings VIII, 284 Pages


This book is based on papers originally presented at the international conference ‘Activating Human Rights and Diversity’ held in Australia in 2003. It advances a powerful and convincing affirmation of the importance of human rights in the twenty-first century and explores the vital connections between the theory and practice of human rights. It asks what kind of vision for humanity is necessary, given the harsh realities and challenges of the twenty-first century. Through a range of perspectives – reconciliation, refugees, women, indigenous issues, same-sex sexualities, conflict resolution, environmental degradation, political freedoms and disability – this collection highlights the fact that the survival of humanity depends on our ability to connect a vision with the reality of activating human rights.


VIII, 284
ISBN (Softcover)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. VIII, 284 pp.

Biographical notes

Elisabeth Porter (Volume editor) Baden Offord (Volume editor)

The Editors: Elisabeth Porter is INCORE Research Director. INCORE (International Conflict Research) is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Baden Offord teaches Cultural Studies in the School of Arts, and is Director of the Centre for Law, Politics and Culture at Southern Cross University, Australia.


Title: Activating Human Rights