The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship, Humanity, and International Law

Hardcover | February 12, 2012

byAlison Kesby

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Writing in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the political theorist Hannah Arendt argued that the plight of stateless people in the inter-war period pointed to the existence of a 'right to have rights'. The right to have rights was the right to citizenship-to membership of apolitical community. Since then, and especially in recent years, theorists have continued to grapple with the meaning of the right to have rights. In the context of enduring statelessness, mass migration, people flows, and the contested nature of democratic politics, the question of the right tohave rights remains of pressing concern for writers and advocates across the disciplines. This book provides the first in-depth examination of the right to have rights in the context of the international protection of human rights. It explores two overarching questions. First, how do different and competing conceptions of the right to have rights shed light on right bearing in thecontemporary context, and in particular on concepts and relationships central to the protection of human rights in public international law? Secondly, given these competing conceptions, how is the right to have rights to be understood in the context of public international law? In the course ofthe analysis, the author examines the significance and limits of nationality, citizenship, humanity and politics for right bearing, and argues that their complex interrelation points to how the right to have rights might be rearticulated for the purposes of international legal thought andpractice.

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Writing in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the political theorist Hannah Arendt argued that the plight of stateless people in the inter-war period pointed to the existence of a 'right to have rights'. The right to have rights was the right to citizenship-to membership of apolitical community. Since then, and especiall...

Alison Kesby is a Research Fellow in public international law at St John's College, Cambridge.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600821

ISBN - 13:9780199600823

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Right to Have Rights as a 'Place in the World'2. The Right to Have Rights as Nationality3. The Right to Have Rights as Citizenship4. The Right to Have Rights as Humanity5. The Right to Have Rights as the Politics of Human RightsConclusion