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Published: 23 February 2017

528 Pages


ISBN: 9780199811380

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The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention

Marco Duranti

  • Radically reinterprets how and why British, French, and other European conservatives advanced a post-war human rights system, arguing that they were motivated by a desire to limit the creation of policies they believed would violate their basic liberties
  • Challenges the conventional view that human rights efforts have universally reflected a "leftist" post-fascist agenda
  • Traces the role of culture, ethics, and memory in the genesis of international law and organizations
  • Offers a new perspective on Winston Churchill's understanding of European integration and European identity, as well as his involvement in the creation of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Provides essential historical context for political crises currently affecting the European Union and European Court of Human Rights by demonstrating the conservative roots of both
  • Draws on previously unpublished material from twenty archives in six countries