The Rights Track

The Rights Track

Sound Evidence on Human Rights and Modern Slavery

By Todd Landman & Christine Garrington

Anthem Free Press

The Rights Track: Sound Evidence on Human Rights and Modern Slavery uses rich content from The Rights Track podcast [] in an innovative book that enhances and enriches our understanding of the human rights challenges facing the world today.

Paperback, 266 Pages


July 2022

£25.00, $40.00

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About This Book

The Rights Track: Sound Evidence on Human Rights and Modern Slavery uses rich content from The Rights Track podcast [] in an innovative book that enhances and enriches our understanding of the human rights challenges facing the world today. This book showcases the important role of evidence in tackling those challenges and explores the medium of podcasting as a tool for discussing how research evidence is used to protect and promote human rights. 

The book is situated in the context of the post-9/11 era and the many geo-political changes that have taken place over the first two decades of the twenty-first century. Its motivation is to (1) demonstrate the healthy and inspiring work being carried out on multiple dimensions of human rights, (2) capture the different kinds of insights and knowledge about human rights through the dialogic and conversational format of podcasts, and (3) illustrate the enduring importance of human rights, particularly during increasingly challenging times. Each series of the podcast has been structured around big questions in the field of human rights, which have evolved thematically over six years (2015-2021). 

The book also groups these big questions thematically, where the text is written for a general audience and in a user-friendly style. Part I provides the background and context for the content. Part II addresses significant human rights themes ranging from human rights mobilisation to human rights in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part III addresses the global challenge of modern slavery, a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal aimed to help more than 40 million enslaved people in the world today. Part IV provides a stock take and projection for the future of human rights. The dialogic and conversational format of the podcasts provide a rich source of human rights content that stays close to the voice of the very people seeking to advance human rights.


“The Right Track podcast series brought research and scholarship on human rights and modern slavery to wide audiences. This book tells the story behind the series – a fascinating insight which powerfully demonstrates the value of technology in making knowledge accessible. But it also provides a collation and analysis of the rich material from the series and provokes thought, challenges mindsets and ultimately has the potential to transform lives.” – Dame Sara Thornton Independent Ant-Slavery Commissioner.

“The Rights Track podcast is an outstanding project of applied research on urgent human rights issues. This book brings the power of voice by insightful experts and knowledgeable field practitioners to a broader audience. The text provides a useful context and will make a welcome contribution to classroom and public conversations.” – Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance, University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

“What if you could get (almost) all the world’s human rights experts together in one place? What if you could put sharp and insightful questions to every one of them, and then distil their wisdom in action? LISTEN to this book, and you feel your brain EXPAND.” – Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery, Research Director, The Rights Lab, UK.

"From 1839 when Anti-Slavery International was founded to the present, we have argued over human rights. We may sometimes despair but this collection of viewpoints - encompassing, religion, the covid pandemic, racism, and violence against 'the other' - offers us insights from activists and thought-leaders grappling with these issues. This is a timely guide for those who want to think and do." - Baroness Young of Hornsey, Member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament. 

“This innovative book is sure to become standard reading for scholars, partitioners, advocates, students and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the status of human rights in an ever- changing world. Landman and Garrington draw on 6 years of podcast conversations with advocates, scholars and survivors during some of the most challenging moments for human rights—the Trump presidency, Brexit, and the COVID pandemic. The authors expertly weave together important themes from their years of discussions on a wide range of topics from the plight of minorities and migrants to modern slavery. The book offers critical insights on the most pressing human rights of our time and, along with the companion podcasts should be taught in human rights courses around the world. This is a ground-breaking book, accompanied by a rich and wide-ranging set of podcasts that challenge the prevailing pessimism about the status of human rights and human dignity in our world.” - Heather Smith-Cannoy, Associate Professor of political science, Arizona State University, USA.

Author Information

Professor Todd Landman is a human rights scholar and champion for the advancement of human rights understanding. He is Professor of Political Science, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Executive Director of the Rights Lab Research Beacon of Excellence at the University of Nottingham.

Christine Garrington is a former BBC radio journalist turned podcast producer. Through the Research Podcasts arm of her consultancy, she specialises in the communication of research through the medium of podcasts.


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Table of Contents

Part I: Background and Context: 1. Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century; 2. Podcasting for Human Rights; Part II Human Rights Themes: 3. Mobilising for Human Rights; 4. Human Rights Evidence; 5. Freedom of Speech, Religion, Belief, and Thought; 6. Minorities, Migrants and Refugees; 7. Human Rights and COVID-19; Part III: Modern Slavery: 8. Slavery Past and Present; 9. Perpetrators and Survivors; 10. Business, Economics, and Modern Slavery; 11. Fighting Slavery on the Ground; Part IV: The Future of Human Rights: 12. Communicating Human Rights.


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