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Mobilising International Law for Global Justice

Mobilising International Law for Global Justice


In a recent book on ‘Mobilising International Law for Global Justice’ Barbara Oomen explores the phenomenon of ‘human rights cities’, the many different ways in which this phenomenon manifests itself, and the ways in which this relates to the politics of bringing human rights home to the local level. Explicit reference to human rights in formulating urban policies might be the common denominator here, but there is a wide variance in what cities refer to international legal instruments and for what reasons; in who are the driving forces behind the choices involved; and in the results. She discusses the experience of 3 European cities in this field, and argues that  the rise of human rights cities calls for a rethinking of the notion of rights realisation as a manifestation of globalisation. A more appropriate term would be that of ‘glocalisation’, in which developments at the local level are constitutive of what happens globally, and the relationship between the global and the local is dialectical rather than unidirectional.


  • Human rights
  • Integration
  • Refuge