Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: India

Economic and political power is shifting from the West to the Global South and East. Yet practitioners and academics working on international human rights seem to only occasionally pay attention to the emerging powers outside the West and the consequences of their rise for world order.

The Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy series focuses on rising powers and their current and potential roles in the international protection and promotion of human rights. Will the human rights regime gain more support and legitimacy because of these power shifts, will rising powers try to restore the sanctity of state sovereignty within world politics or are they aiming for other changes in the international order?

Human rights in the foreign policy of India

The second volume in the Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy series contains a collection of essays on India’s foreign human rights policy. Thirteen authors from India, Europe and the United States write about a variety of topics, including Indian geopolitics, internet governance and India’s foreign policy and the Responsibility to Protect from an Indian perspective. The volume contains contributions from, among others, C. Raja Mohan (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Rohan Mukherjee (Princeton University) and Meenakshi Ganguly (Human Rights Watch).

Last year Strategic Studies, an initiative of the Dutch section of Amnesty International, started on this series of publications on human rights in the foreign policy of rising powers. The first volume was published in November and is focused on Brazil.