The Heart of Human Rights

Paperback | February 14, 2017

byAllen Buchanan

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This is the first attempt to provide an in-depth moral assessment of the heart of the modern human rights enterprise: the system of international legal human rights. It is international human rights law - not any philosophical theory of moral human rights or any "folk" conception of moralhuman rights - that serves as the lingua franca of modern human rights practice. Yet contemporary philosophers have had little to say about international legal human rights. They have tended to assume, rather than to argue, that international legal human rights, if morally justified, must mirror orat least help realize moral human rights. But this assumption is mistaken. International legal human rights, like many other legal rights, can be justified by several different types of moral considerations, of which the need to realize a corresponding moral right is only one. Further, this volume shows that some of the most important international legal human rights cannot be adequately justified by appeal to corresponding moral human rights. The problem is that the content of these international legal human rights - the full set of correlative duties - is much broaderthan can be justified by appealing to the morally important interests of any individual. In addition, it is necessary to examine the legitimacy of the institutions that create, interpret, and implement international human rights law and to defend the claim that international human rights law should"trump" the domestic law of even the most admirable constitutional democracies.

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This is the first attempt to provide an in-depth moral assessment of the heart of the modern human rights enterprise: the system of international legal human rights. It is international human rights law - not any philosophical theory of moral human rights or any "folk" conception of moralhuman rights - that serves as the lingua franca ...

Allen Buchanan is the author of eleven books and over one hundred-fifty articles. His work is mainly in Political Philosophy, Philosophy of International Law, and Bioethics. He currently divides his time between Duke University, King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law, and the University of Arizona.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780190654504

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"...it makes an indispensable contribution to human rights theory...Buchanan both broadens our understanding of the international human rights regime by considering what other interests and values it serves beyond this core of moral human rights, and provides a promising normative accountof the legal norms and institutions of this system." --Philosophy in Review