The Age of Human Rights Journal 2019-12-11T08:41:18+01:00 Ramón Ruiz Ruiz Open Journal Systems <p><strong>ISSNe:</strong> 2340-9592&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>DOI:</strong> 10.17561/tahrj<br><strong>URL:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/index.php/TAHRJ"></a> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify"><em>The Human Rights Age Journal</em> is a scientific journal of international relevance, published in English, peer-reviewed and open-access, containing papers concerning Human Rights from different approaches. This Journal is edited in the framework of the Research Network “The Age of Rights” (HURI-AGE), composed by about one hundred researchers belonging to some of the most important human rights research groups in Spain &nbsp;</p> Escaping the Ivory Tower: Legal Research on Human Rights from a Critical Perspective 2019-12-11T08:41:12+01:00 Dolores Morondo Taramundi <p>This article aims to address some of the criticisms that have been made of human rights research, especially of human rights research conducted by legal scholars. It argues that a conscious and critical approach to the limitations of the 'ivory tower' of legal scholarship on rights is becoming increasingly necessary in a research context marked by the convergence of multiple disciplines, the ever-growing contestation of human rights, and the complexity of the international regime for the protection of human rights. This article outlines three strategies that could be useful for legal scholars to escape from the ivory tower and make a significant contribution to multidisciplinary human rights studies.</p> 2019-12-05T11:07:15+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Age of Human Rights Journal Tools, Gaps and False Myths in Comparative Legal Research on Human Rights 2019-12-11T08:41:06+01:00 Encarnación La Spina <p>In recent years, the comparative perspective has become increasingly used as a methodological approach to human rights research in the scientific literature. This paper is not intended to summarise the virtues and shortcomings that can be attributed to comparative legal research in the specific field of human rights. Rather, its aim is to critically reconsider its interdisciplinary role and, in particular, to reflect on two of the most popular methods in this field of research: legal comparison and the case study method. Firstly, this paper reviews the method in question, including its typologies and grounds for use. Secondly, it outlines the techniques that determine what and how to compare. Finally, a SWOT evaluation of comparative legal research on human rights is provided, identifying its strengths and weaknesses in order to dispel false myths.</p> 2019-12-05T12:53:40+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Age of Human Rights Journal Testimonies of Victims of Human Rights Violations as Primary Sources in the Reports by United Nations Bodies 2019-12-11T08:41:08+01:00 Eloísa González Hidalgo <p>Victims of crimes, victims of abuse of power and victims of gross and systematic human rights violations have had little relevance to international law. However, since 1985, international human rights law has taken an interest in them and has created four instruments, which establish different notions of victim, as well as a catalogue of rights. Since then, victims have become increasingly prominent in processes involved in seeking justice, truth and reparation. Recently, victim’s testimonies are used as one of the indicators, although not the only one, for measuring compliance and protection of human rights rules in the United Nations system.</p> 2019-12-05T12:41:27+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Age of Human Rights Journal Follow the Actors: Ethnographic Keys for Understanding Legal Activism for Criminal Justice Reform in Argentina 2019-12-11T08:41:15+01:00 Julieta Mira <p>This article presents the research backroom about the legal activism in the criminal justice system reform following the ethnographic strategy. In particular, it addresses the “struggle” for “accusatory” criminal procedural reform at the federal level in Argentina since the end of the last dictatorship (1976-1983). Specifically it is about: a) participation in public events as an <em>entrée </em>to the field; b) native etnographer; c) native categories and theoretical concepts; d) the cause-based “partisanism” (<em>militancia</em>) and legal activism; and e) reform flags as cosmologies of social order. Finally, the article offers an analysis of the benefits of ethnographic research with legal activists in the field of human rights.</p> 2019-12-05T10:28:50+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Age of Human Rights Journal Knowledge Production Methods in Human Rights Research: Constraints and Opportunities for the Promotion of an Interdisciplinary Approach 2019-12-11T08:41:18+01:00 Cristina De la Cruz-Ayuso <p>This article asks about the current modes of production in human rights research and how they are (or may be) determined by the structures where that knowledge is generated. These questions will be answered by looking at the results of a preliminary study on the reception and subsequent institutionalisation of studies on human rights in stable structures that are dedicated to their research, training and dissemination in Spanish universities. The starting hypothesis is that this institutionalisation causes conceptual, epistemological and methodological biases in the rationales for knowledge construction in the field of human rights that determine and hinder the interdisciplinary approach demanded by its study. Interdisciplinarity has become a dominant aspect of human rights research. The question about how this feature is articulated and who articulates it in the academic institutional framework is pertinent in a field of knowledge that cannot avoid asymmetries in the production and circulation of knowledge. The results show that human rights research has been mainly institutionalised in stable university structures in Spain within the field of legal sciences, with a clear predominance of the area of the Philosophy of Law. It can be concluded that this has been conditioned by the reception and subsequent development of the study of human rights in Spain. While it has been found that the line developed by these centres and research groups has been consolidated and recognised, it can also be confirmed that their modes of knowledge production do not match the rationale of interdisciplinary research. These limitations are not just endogenous. There are some features of Spanish institutional R&amp;D&amp;i culture that make interdisciplinary research on human rights difficult.</p> 2019-12-05T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Age of Human Rights Journal A Step beyond Direct and Indirect Discrimination against Persons with Disability. Methodological Approach to Discrimination from the Intersectional Perspective 2019-12-11T08:41:10+01:00 Paola Balanta-Cobo Andrea Padilla-Muñoz <p>This article provides a different methodological proposal to disability research grounded in the intersectional perspective since other forms of research, such as the dogmatic perspective of law, have shown limited results in terms of full recognition of people and groups exposed to multiple situations of inequality, specifically in the case of people with disability. We propose a methodological route that links disability to the intersectional perspective, and finally we assess an example of a process that accounts for the importance of a robust analysis to advance in critical understanding of this challenging and interesting field of study.</p> 2019-12-05T11:45:36+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Age of Human Rights Journal