Who Believes in Human Rights?
Reflections on the European Convention
By (author) Marie-Benedicte Dembour
Series edited by William Twining Christopher McCrudden
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Who Believes in Human Rights? by Marie-Benedicte Dembour
Book DescriptionMany 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521683074
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Case studies which consider the relationship between universal human rights and particular societies.
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Author Biography - Marie-Benedicte Dembour
Senior Lecturer in Law at the Sussex Law School, University of Sussex.
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