Professor of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Over time, international human rights norms have evolved and have legitimized international concern for human welfare.
- Human rights has gained wider acceptance in the international community due, in large part to an increase in information exchange and activities coordination among groups of government officials and private individuals.
- Shifts in attitudes that place an increasing emphasis on human rights and human needs have also helped the field of human rights.
- A series of modern-day conflicts that have resulted in visible victimization of innocents and civilians has helped the field of human rights.
In the article, “International Justice: Critical Perspectives and New Challenges,” Barbaret and her co-editors present the writing of nine scholars who provide information on a variety of topics within the themes of international crime, governance, human rights and terrorism. The authors, from diverse backgrounds within the fields of criminal justice, economics, philosophy, literature, sociology and political science, present evidence and commentary about the expansion of international justice and the right in the importance of international human rights. While the editors acknowledge the strides that have been made in increasing the visibility and importance of human rights worldwide, they maintain that advancing the agenda of justice is always a work-in-progress.