Second Edition4.24.18 —The second edition of Professor Martha Davis’ co-authored book, Human Rights Advocacy in the United States, has been released by West Academic Publishing. First published in 2014, it is the only law school casebook devoted to human rights advocacy in the United States.

“Understanding human rights tools is more important than ever to U.S. legal advocates,” said Davis, a human rights and social justice expert who has co-edited two other books, Global Urban Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities and Bringing Human Rights Home, and is the author of Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement, 1960-1973. “From water quality in Flint, Michigan, to issues of federalism, human rights norms form a backdrop that domestic advocates cannot afford to ignore,” she added.

The book illuminates a range of both hot topics and persistent theoretical and doctrinal issues while equipping students to thoughtfully engage these tools in their own practice of law, including immigration, rights of indigenous peoples, counterterrorism and human rights, disparities in access to health care, and the right to housing, while also exploring fundamental issues of federalism, sovereignty, judicial review and legal ethics.

The second edition is updated to reflect the current US political landscape as well as the enduring value of the human rights framework. New examples focus on lead contamination of drinking water and disparities in access to health care. The second edition explores how, even in the midst of seismic shifts in US politics, human rights continue to offer a powerful normative frame of individual rights and government obligations, as well as important strategies to complement more traditional litigation and advocacy approaches.

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