Review: Human Rights

Publication Date01 Jun 1980
DOI10.1177/002070208003500216
AuthorL.C. Green
SubjectReview
406
INTERNATIONAL
JOURNAL
United
Nations
and
regionalism in
Europe.
An article
by
L.I.
Lukin
on
the
United
Nations and
the
Council
for
Mutual
Economic
Assistance
provides
a
detailed
description
of
formal
and
informal
relationships
and
proposes
ways
of
improving
contacts.
Unfortunately,
he
makes
no
attempt
to
assess
the
significance
or impact
of contacts
between
the
two
bodies.
A.H.
Robertson's
discussion of
the
United
Nations
and
the
Council
of
Europe
is
also
a
descriptive
account
of
contacts
and
common
interests,
with
some
specific
proposals
for
improving communications
and
co-ordination.
The
final
article
is
John
de
Gara's
treatment
of
the
European
Community
and
the
United
Nations.
He
discusses
formal
and
informal
ties,
the
evolution of
the Community,
and
aspects
of
co-
operation
among
Community
members
at
the
United
Nations.
Overall,
this
book
is
difficult
to
characterize. Despite
the
detailed
descriptive
material,
it
is
not
a
reference
book
because
it
is
not
suffi-
ciently
comprehensive. At
the
same
time,
it
is
too
focussed
on
the
details
of
United
Nations-regional
ties
and
too
descriptive
to
be considered
a
discussion of
major
theoretical
issues
or
an
analysis
of
major
contempo-
rary
problems
in
international
organizations.
The
most
consistent
concern
running
through
nearly
all of the
ar-
ticles
involves
specific
measures
for
improving
co-ordination
between
the
United
Nations and
regional
groupings.
This
type of
policy
concern
is
likely to
be
too
narrow
to
appeal
to
a
wide
audience,
especially when
the
articles
are
of
uneven
quality.
Edward
Thomas
Rowe/University
of
Denver
HUMAN
RIGHTS
Thirty
Years
after the
Universal
Declaration
Edited
by
B.G.
Ramcharan
The
Hague:
Martinus
Nijhoff,
1979,
xvi, 274PP,
guilders
go.-
To
mark
the
thirtieth
anniversary
of
the
adoption
of
the
Universal
Declaration
of
Human
Rights
in
1948,
Dr
Ramcharan,
special
assistant
to
the
director
of
the
United
Nations
Division
of
Human
Rights,
has
brought
together
a
collection
of
essays
devoted
to
the
declaration
as
well
as
to the present
position
of
human
rights
and
the
expectations
for
their
future
development.

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