New handbook links criminology and human rights

handbook cover copyBOb criminologists have made significant contributions to a groundbreaking publication linking criminology and human rights. Co-edited by our co-Director, Leanne Weber (with Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo) and featuring an original contribution from BOb’s Marie Segrave, Sharon Pickering and Sanja Milivojevic, the Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights brings together a diverse body of work from around the globe united by its critical application of human rights law and principles.

Along with lead author Sanja Milivojevic, Marie Segrave and Sharon Pickering highlight the practical limitations of human rights protections, in this case in relation to undocumented migrants. Their chapter “The limits of Migration-related Human Rights: Connecting Exploitation to Immobility” charts the continued vulnerability of undocumented migrants to human rights abuses and exploitation in their countries of origin, transit and destination. The collection also includes chapter contributions from other Monash criminologists, Jude McCulloch on “Police, Crime and Human Rights” linking a record of police abuses within Anglo-American countries to a continuing history of colonialism and Claire Spivakovsky who applies a critical lens to the politics of human rights in her chapter “Human Rights and the Governance of Cognitive Impairment and Mental Illness”.

Here is how two leading criminologists have described the handbook’s contribution:

“The Handbook covers an extensive list of themes that view the significance of human rights for social justice, policing, punishment, justice systems, law and governance and the development of criminology itself. This ambitious Handbook is the first major attempt to bring human rights out of the fringe and to the fore of criminological debate. It is breathtaking in its scope.” Kerry Carrington, Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

“Happily, criminologists and human rights scholars are increasingly talking to each other and this diverse and rich collection marks an important milestone in that development. The editors and contributors are to be warmly congratulated.”

Kieran McEvoy, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

It is hoped that the handbook will provide a unique resource for research and teaching and facilitate informed debate about the uses and abuses of human rights law and principles within criminal justice, and within the discipline.