About the series

Maastricht Series in Human Rights

The Maastricht Series in Human Rights facilitates and supports research in the field of human rights at the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law. The research is interdisciplinary, with a focus on public international law, criminal law and social sciences.

Volume in the series have been peer reviewed under the responsibility of the Board of the Centre. The Series is published under the editorial supervision of Professor Menno Kamminga and Professor Fons Coomans.

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Available volumes

  1. Legal Aspects of Land Rights and the Use of Land in Asia, Africa, and Europe
    152 pp. | paperback

    The right to land plays a key role in the realisation of a plethora of human rights, Land is however becoming scarce and the poorest sectors of society are deprived of access to land whilst State authorities and foreign investors practise land grabbing.
  2. Denialism and Human Rights
    488 pp. | paperback

    The present volume contains papers that range from more general reflections on the theme of denialism and human rights to more specific areas of research that are relevant in terms of denialism such as genocide, children’s rights, the role of (inter)national organisations, penology, and social, economic and cultural rights.
  3. Interrogating Young Suspects II
    464 pp. | paperback

    This second volume contains the results of the empirical research conducted in the five Member States consisting of focus group interviews and observations of recorded interrogations. These country reports are followed by an integrated analysis and a set of guidelines.
  4. Interrogating Young Suspects I
    428 pp. | paperback

    The present volume contains the results of the first part of the research project 'Protecting Young Suspects in Interrogations’: a legal comparative study into existing legal procedural safeguards for juvenile suspects during interrogation in the five selected Member States.
  5. The Women's Convention Turned 30

    Publication date: October 17, 2012<
    The Women's Convention Turned 30
    160 pp. | paperback

    The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a treaty for all girls and women in this world. After 30 years, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is still valid and necessary both in developed and in developing States. This image is clearly conveyed by the authors of this book who represent a wide variety of national and cultural backgrounds, and who have put the im...
  6. Cases and Concepts on Extraterritorial Obligations in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
    304 pp. | paperback

    This book presents a range of cases in which the actions or omissions of States have impact on the enjoyment of human rights outside their national territory, raising the question of whether, and under which conditions, such conduct may engage the international responsibility of the States concerned. When the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights were adopted on 28 S...
  7. Beyond the Death Penalty

    Publication date: April 17, 2012<
    Beyond the Death Penalty
    326 pp. | paperback

    As the title suggests, the scope of this volume moves beyond the death penalty. It reflects on punishment from a variety of angles and, additionally, gives some food for thought to the contemporary debate on crime and punishment.
  8. Corruption & Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    270 pp. | paperback

    This book offers the reader a broader view of the human rights approach towards combating corruption - including the arguments of those who oppose this approach - while it also considers how corruption may violate individual civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights.
  9. Children's Rights and Human Development
    946 pp. | paperback

    Children’s rights and Human development is a new and uncharted domain in human rights and psychology research. This multidisciplinary book is the first to introduce this domain to students and researchers of children’s rights, child development, child maltreatment, family and child studies and related fields. The texts in this book may be used both as background readings and as tasks for group discussion in problem based learning or other edu...
  10. Methods of Human Rights Research
    262 pp. | paperback

    In human rights research little attention tends to be devoted to questions of methodology. This book fills this gap. It identifies criteria to qualify a piece of human rights research as a methodologically sound piece of work It is essential reading for any human rights scholar wishing to critically reflect on the quality of his methods of work.
  11. Protection of Cultural Diversity from a European and International Perspective
    380 pp. | paperback

    The protection of cultural diversity has become an important issue on the agenda of many international organisations and fora. The aim of this book is to discuss, the policy space for national policies for the protection of cultural diversity.
  12. Shared Pedagogical Responsibility
    118 pp. | paperback

    Human rights tend to focus on the relationship between individual and state: the individual is rights-holder, the state is duty-holder. Children’s rights bring a third player much more in the picture, namely parents. In this volume, child-rearing responsibilities are examined in the light of children’s rights and (other) human rights. All contributions focus in particular on the proposal to introduce an upbringing (or parenting) pledge.
  13. Developmental and Autonomy Rights of Children
    212 pp. | paperback

    The emancipation of the young child and the rehabilitation and emancipation of the deprived, exploited, abused and neglected child remain in a legal shadow land. This book intends to explore this shadow land. It introduces the concepts of the Trias pedagogica and Transism in order to shed light on the obligations and responsibilities of states and other actors in the empowerment of children, caregivers and communities.
  14. Justiciability of Economic and Social Rights
    452 pp. | paperback

    International human rights law and many domestic legal systems provide for the protection of economic and social rights, such as the right to health, housing, food and labour-related rights.
  15. Violence in the Domestic Sphere
    201 pp. | paperback

    In this book, State responsibility for violations of citizens’ rights is assumed, based on human rights standards and case law, also of human rights bodies.
  16. Privatisation and Human Rights in the Age of Globalisation
    328 pp. | paperback

    The growing influence of globalisation, the marked increase in world trade and the perceived necessity of improving their competitiveness in the world trade arena has led countries to reduce State intervention in the economy in order to allow the free market to operate. The privatisation of State provided services and functions and of State owned enterprises fits within such a strategy. Debates on the effects of privatisation have been on-goi...
  17. Temporary Special Measures
    258 pp. | paperback

    Article 4(1) UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) deals with temporary special (affirmative action) measures aimed at accelerating de facto equality between men and women.