Mar 26, 2009

Sylff Community’s Global Collaboration Has Produced a Book on Human Rights for the 1st Time Ever!

We have the greatest pleasure to inform you that the book, The SYLFF 2007 Regional Forum Selected Papers on Human Rights and Creative Leadership, has finally been published! This is the first book ever produced through global collaboration of the Sylff community.

This book introduces the perspectives of young scholars on human rights, one of the most challenging issues facing humanity. Although we have recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we still see many violations of human rights today. Based on individual experiences and fieldwork, seven young scholars present their original and positive perspectives in an effort to propose solutions to these issues. The book is an outcome of presentations and discussions conducted at the Sylff Regional Forums in 2007, organized by the Tokyo Foundation for Sylff fellows in three regions of the world.

We hope these papers will provoke and facilitate the development of in-depth and action-oriented dialogue in many corners of the world.

The SYLFF 2007 Regional Forum Selected Papers on Human Rights and Creative Leadership
With a Foreword by Yozo Yokota, Professor of International Law, Chuo Law School.
ISBN: 978-4-86027-004-9

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Forword Professor Yozo Yokota
  3. Contentious Politics and Human Rights: Who Benefits? Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay (Jadavpur University, India)
  4. Reclaiming Human Rights: The Right to Food and the Role of Organic Agriculture Alice Beban (Massey University, New Zealand)
  5. SMEs-- The Creative Leaders of India: In Search of an Enabling Environment Duke Ghosh (Jadavpur University, India)
  6. Development of Regional Human Rights Regime: Prospects for and Implications to Asia Jina Kim (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, U.S.A.)
  7. Universal Human Rights and Sustainable Globalization: Reaching for a Castle in the Sky Séverine Minot (York University, Canada)
  8. The Protection of Indigenous Knowledge Related to Biodiversity: The Role of Databases Yovana Reyes Tagle (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  9. Judicial Leadership in International Human Rights: Developments in the Law of State Responsibility in Human Rights Nirmalan Wigneswaran (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, U.S.A.)
  10. Author Profiles

Copies can be obtained upon request to scholarship[at] Please send us the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of those who wish to obtain the book. 

Comments to each of the authors are also welcome!