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Rethinking Human Rights
Critical Approaches to International Politics
Edited by David Chandler
 
 
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26 Nov 2002
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The development and enforcement of human rights norms has become a central feature of the foreign policy of leading governments and international institutions. This collection brings together fields as diverse as political theory, peace studies, development policy, international law and media studies, to present an original and tightly argued critique of current trends.

Dealing with a range of issues concerning the implication of human rights approaches for humanitarian aid, state sovereignty, international law, democracy and political autonomy, Rethinking Human Rights questions whether human rights approaches satisfy the progressive claims to be made on their behalf.


Description

The development and enforcement of human rights norms has become a central feature of the foreign policy of leading governments and international institutions. This collection brings together fields as diverse as political theory, peace studies, development policy, international law and media studies, to present an original and tightly argued critique of current trends.

Dealing with a range of issues concerning the implication of human rights approaches for humanitarian aid, state sovereignty, international law, democracy and political autonomy, Rethinking Human Rights questions whether human rights approaches satisfy the progressive claims to be made on their behalf.


Reviews

'[U]ncomfortable but compelling reading...an excellent critique of what has become an uncontested truism of contemporary international relations.' - International Affairs

'An important addition to the debate over contemporary human rights programs...' - Conscience


Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Rethinking Human Rights; D.Chandler
PART I: UNIVERSAL RIGHTS?
Conditioning the Right to Humanitarian Aid? Human Rights and the 'New Humanitarianism'; F.Fox
Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Achieving Universal Justice?; J.Laughland
The International Children's Rights Regime; V.Pupavac
PART II: RIGHTS OF EMPOWERMENT
Developing Power? Human Rights and State Regulation in Northern Ireland; C.Gilligan
Empowering the Poorest? The World Bank and 'The Voices of the Poor'; J.Pender
The Limits of Human Rights and Cosmopolitan Citizenship; D.Chandler
Humanitarian Intervention and the Recasting of International Law; J.Holbrook
PART III: HUMAN-CENTRED RIGHTS?
New Wars and Old Wars? The Lessons of Rwanda; B.Collins
Moral Combat: Advocacy Journalists and the New Humanitarianism; P.Hammond
Morality's Avenging Angels: The New Humanitarian Crusaders; E.S.Herman & D.Peterson
References
Index


Authors

DAVID CHANDLER is Lecturer in International Relations at Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex. He has written widely on human rights, democracy and international relations, including Bosnia: Faking Democracy after Dayton and From Kosovo to Kabul: Human Rights and International Intervention.