A Magna Carta for All Humanity
Homing in on Human Rights
By (author) Francesca Klug
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Magna Carta for All Humanity by Francesca Klug
Book DescriptionThe Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, has come to stand for the rule of law, curbs on executive power and the freedom to enjoy basic liberties. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, it was heralded as 'a Magna Carta for all human kind'. Yet in the year in which this medieval Charter's 800th anniversary is widely celebrated, the future of the UK's commitment to international human rights standards is in doubt. Are 'universal values' commendable as a benchmark by which to judge the rest of the world, but unacceptable when applied 'at home'? Francesca Klug takes us on a journey through time, exploring such topics as 'British values,' 'natural rights,' 'enlightenment values' and 'legal rights,' to convey what is both distinctive and challenging about the ethic and practice of universal human rights. It is only through this prism, she argues, that the current debate on human rights protection in the UK can be understood. This book will be of interest to students of British Politics, Law, Human Rights and International Relations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415423748
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Francesca Klug
Magna Carta for All Humanity, Hardback (April 2010)
Explains the nature of human rights discourse through an exploration of its evolution over the last 200 years.
Three Pillars of Liberty, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Francesca Klug
In this study, an audit of British compliance with international human rights standards is carried out. It provides an up-to-date description of law and practice with respect of freedom of information, looking at both the political and legal aspects of political freedom in the UK.
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Author Biography - Francesca Klug
Francesca Klug is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and has researched, written and lectured on human rights for 25 years. She is a former Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and advised on the model for incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights reflected in the UK's Human Rights Act.
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