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The Idea of International Human Rights Law

ISBN13: 9780198749844
Published: January 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This research monograph develops a highly original reading of the nature and function of human rights. Drawing on insights from complex communication systems theory, the work argues that we should conceptualize human rights as a global system of systems: moral human rights, political human rights, and legal human rights, with each system having its own functional logic for dealing with violations of human rights and contributing to the patterned behaviour that we observe and frame as global human rights. The work develops and defends an understanding of human rights from the perspective of complexity theory and applies the insights to controversies in the contemporary literature on human rights.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1: What we Mean when we Talk about 'Human Rights'
2: Complexity as a Methodology in International Law
3: United Nations Human Rights Law
4: The Core UN Human Rights Treaty Systems
5: Customary Human Rights Law
6: On the Idea of Human Rights
7: The Idea of International Human Rights Law