Author profile: Peter Brett

Peter Brett

Peter Brett is a Teaching Fellow in Politics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. He writes on the ‘judicialisation’ of African politics with a focus on Southern Africa.

Review – The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights

Review – The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights

Some lack of definition in Alter’s book does not diminish her valiant and highly successful effort to sketch the architecture of the international legal regime.

Review – The Massacres at Mt. Halla

Review – The Massacres at Mt. Halla

Hun Joon Kim’s analysis represents a welcome and well-written, but ultimately very partial, view of the search for ‘comprehensive truth’ in South Korea.

Review – The New Historiography of Human Rights

Review – The New Historiography of Human Rights

Human rights history matters for IR debates. Different theories of human rights depend upon different (more or less explicit) historical accounts of their genesis.

Student Book Features: Human Rights and International Law

Student Book Features: Human Rights and International Law

The realist view of law and human rights is rapidly going out of fashion. In its place liberal, constructivist and critical theories have come to the fore.

Review — The Justice Cascade

Review — The Justice Cascade

For two decades now Kathyrn Sikkink has been a leading scholar of human rights in world politics. The Justice Cascade is perhaps her most ambitious work to date.

A Critical Introduction to the ‘Legalisation of World Politics’

A Critical Introduction to the ‘Legalisation of World Politics’

Contrary to realist expectations, states have frequently engaged in institutionalised co-operation even under conditions of anarchy.

Solidarity manifest in Urban Ghana

‘We believe in sharing, and we want what our God has put in us to be seen’. The entire group nods in agreement with the words of William Mensah, founder of the Pace Setters youth group. Arriving late he is the last member to take a seat in the dimly lit schoolroom that is the group’s regular Sunday afternoon meeting place. His audience comprises around twenty inhabitants, all in their early twenties, of Sukura, an impoverished suburb of the Ghanaian capital Accra. Set up last year to combat a perceived growth of social problems in the area, the group has already become renowned locally for its zeal and effectiveness.

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