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New ABA sourcebooks help readers to understand and promote human rights


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New ABA sourcebooks help readers to understand and promote human rights

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, April 2, 2014 — Defending rights in times of peace or war and understanding the complexity of humanitarian operations, national security and human security can be a challenging task. Now, two new volumes from the American Bar Association, “International Human Rights Law Sourcebook” and “International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict) Sourcebook,” can help activists and those interested in promoting human rights better understand the current laws and rules governing human rights litigation and policy.


“International Human Rights Law Sourcebook” is a compilation of important human rights documents that will provide students, professors, lawyers and human rights activists access to current laws and international rules established by complementary treaties and customs. These include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and United Nations documents.

“International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict) Sourcebook” is a reference on armed conflict and a collection of major source documents of international humanitarian law for lawyers, policymakers, military leaders, nongovernmental organizations and academics around the world.

Edited by three experienced professionals in international law, national security and human rights, the combined set of sourcebooks serves as a reference to this increasingly important body of international law. Andrew Borene, Alice Beauheim Borene and Michael Sullivan assembled these volumes of foundational texts of international humanitarian and human rights law to serve as tools for multidisciplinary professionals.


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About the Editors

Borene is a defense industry executive, an adjunct professor at American University and a counselor for the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He also serves as director of national security solutions at Nuance Communications Inc. His corporate career includes leading corporate development at a microrobotics startup and managing federal open-source intelligence programs for a major, international big-data company. He served as a civilian associate deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense and is a former U.S. Marine Corps military intelligence officer.

Beauheim Borene is a U.S. government employee, an attorney and an expert on intelligence issues, human rights, civil liberties, privacy and counterterrorism. She served in the U.S. Army as a Serbian-Croatian linguist and intelligence analyst, and while in law school, she interned with the Office of the Prosecutor of the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she assisted international prosecutors in building war crimes cases. Beauheim Borene was a visiting fellow in international human rights at the University of Minnesota in 2013.

Sullivan is an international attorney and human rights lecturer. He received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on rule of law and human rights. He served for three years in Kandahar, Afghanistan, with the U.S. Department of State, eventually directing its Rule of Law Program in Regional Command South. As an international law lecturer for the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program, he advised foreign delegations including foreign military intelligence, defense policymakers and force planners about humanitarian law and human rights instruments. He also advised the Iraqi Constitutional Drafting Committee.

Title:                “International Human Rights Law Sourcebook”
Publisher:        Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Product Code: 5170019
ISBN:               978-1-62722-409-3
Pages:             592
Size:                7x10
Price:               $99.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or

Title:                “International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict) Sourcebook”

Publisher:        Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Product Code: 5170020
ISBN:               978-1-62722-513-7
Pages:             756
Size:                7x10
Price:               $99.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or   

What Others Are Saying About the Books

 “This comprehensive collection of international human rights and humanitarian law serves as an excellent resource for students, professors and anyone involved in the challenging task of defending rights in times of peace or war.” — Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch

Editor’s note:  Interviews with the editors or review copies are available by sending an email to Laura Vecchia at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Laura Vecchia, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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