Who Believes in Human Rights?: Reflections on the European Convention (Law in Context Series)
  • Who Believes in Human Rights?: Reflections on the European Convention (Law in Context Series)
  • Who Believes in Human Rights?: Reflections on the European Convention (Law in Context Series)

Who Believes in Human Rights?: Reflections on the European Convention (Law in Context Series)

by Marie-Benedicte Dembour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521683076

ISBN-13: 9780521683074

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Many people believe passionately in human rights. Others - Bentham, Marx, cultural relativists and some feminists amongst them - dismiss the concept of human rights as practically and conceptually inadequate. This book reviews these classical critiques and shows how their insights are reflected in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. At one level an

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Overview

Many people believe passionately in human rights. Others - Bentham, Marx, cultural relativists and some feminists amongst them - dismiss the concept of human rights as practically and conceptually inadequate. This book reviews these classical critiques and shows how their insights are reflected in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. At one level an original, accessible and insightful legal commentary on the European Convention, this book is also a groundbreaking work of theory which challenges human rights orthodoxy. Its novel identification of four human rights schools proposes that we alternatively conceive of these rights as given (natural school), agreed upon (deliberative school), fought for (protest school) and talked about (discourse school). Which of these concepts we adopt is determined by particular ways in which we believe, or do not believe, in human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521683074
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Law in Context Series
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Table of cases; 1. Introduction; 2. The Convention in outline; 3. The Convention in a realist light; 4. The Convention in a utilitarian light; 5. The Convention in a Marxist light; 6. The Convention in a particularist light; 7. The Convention in a feminist light; 8. The human rights creed in four schools; 9. Conclusion: In praise of human rights nihilism; Appendices; Select bibliography; Index.

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