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Published: 20 February 2014

336 Pages


ISBN: 9780199325382

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The Heart of Human Rights

Allen Buchanan

  • First in-depth examination of the moral foundations of the international legal human rights system.
  • Challenges common assumptions in the philosophical literature about the relationship between moral human rights and international legal human rights.
  • Shows that the international legal human rights system is not grounded in excessively individualistic moral assumptions.
  • Goes beyond scrutiny of international legal human rights norms to assess the legitimacy of the institutions that create and implement them.
  • Critically evaluates tensions between the commitment to constitutional democracy and the commitment to the authority of international human rights law, expanding the agenda for research on cosmopolitan theories of global justice.