The novel in the twentieth century has become for many writers a vehicle for social justice and human rights. It has highlighted stark poverty and social injustice. It has brought to the fore sexual and racial discrimination. It is clear what the parallels are for international human rights law. Joseph Slaughter specialises in literature; law; and the socio-cultural history of the Global South. He is particularly interested in the social work of literature; and how it interacts with problems of social justice; human rights; intellectual property; and international law.