The Liberal Project and Human Rights: The Theory and Practice of a New World Order

The Liberal Project and Human Rights: The Theory and Practice of a New World Order

by John Charvet, Elisa Kaczynska-Nay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521883148

ISBN-13: 9780521883146

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The 'Liberal Project' aims to transform society in accordance with liberal values and practices. This volume argues that the United Nations regime on human rights is an attempt to realize this project on an international level. The authors provide an engaging theoretical and historical context for this argument, defining the concept of liberalism, its origins and

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The 'Liberal Project' aims to transform society in accordance with liberal values and practices. This volume argues that the United Nations regime on human rights is an attempt to realize this project on an international level. The authors provide an engaging theoretical and historical context for this argument, defining the concept of liberalism, its origins and evolution, and identify it as a universal value that constitutes the very essence of the international human rights regime. The book explores the possibility of a cross-cultural consensus on the issue being reached, but problems of sovereignty and nationalism are also discussed as potential obstacles to the Liberal Project's completion. This penetrating and insightful work will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students interested in liberalism and human rights from the fields of international relations, law, political theory and political philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521883146
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction what is liberalism? 1

Pt. I Liberal beginnings 17

1 The contextual origin of liberal thought and practice 19

2 The Westphalian society of sovereign states 442

3 The growth of liberal universalism 59

Pt. II The UN regime on human rights 79

4 The UN and regional declarations and covenants on human rights 81

5 The right of peoples to self-determination 110

6 The right to development and development assistance 136

7 Women's international human rights 200

8 The implementation of international human rights 223

Pt. III Critique and defense of liberalism 289

9 Western critiques of liberal human rights 291

10 Liberalism and non-Western cultures 318

11 In defense of liberalism 350

Notes 365

Index 424

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