Written by leading experts in the field, this compelling textbook explores the essentials of international human rights law, from foundational issues to substantive rights and systems of protection. It also addresses contemporary challenges, such as terrorism, poverty, and environmental degradation. A variety of perspectives bring this multifaceted and sometimes contentious subject to life, making International Human Rights Law the ideal companion for students of human rights. This second edition provides up-to-date coverage, work by new contributors, and additional chapters on justifications, cultural rights, and international refugee law. New to this edition: A new chapter on cultural rights, written by Julie Ringelheim of the Université Catholique de Louvain A new chapter on refugees written by Alice Edwards, Senior Legal Coordinator at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees A new chapter on the justifications for human rights, written by Samatha Besson of the Université de Fribourg An expanded chapter on the United Nations and its system of human rights protection, updated by Jane Connors, Chief of the Special Procedures Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).