Machine generated contents note: Preface Acknowledgements 1-Introduction: Thinking about Human Rights 2-Origins: The Rise and Fall of Natural Rights 3- After 1945: The New Age of Rights 4- Theories of Human Rights 5- Putting Law in its Place: the Role of the Social Sciences 6-Universality, Diversity and Difference Culture and Human Rights 7-The Politics of Human Rights 8-Globalization, Development and Poverty: Economics and Human Rights 9-Conclusion: Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century References
Discusses legislation, human rights in relation to security, implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Parliament, multiculturalism, minority rights, and the right to life; 10 articles.
Tackles misperceptions of human rights in the world today. The various divisions in the concept of human rights are examined, comparing Western concepts of human rights with those of the rest of the postcolonial world, as well as the distinction between economic & political freedoms. The war against global terrorism following the September 11 (2001) attacks raises concerns about the compatibility of human rights with a war on global terrorism in the face of recently passed anti-terror laws in the US. The role of corporations & nongovernmental organizations in promoting the observance of human rights is discussed. The debate over military intervention to stop human rights abuses is examined, citing the cases of Yugoslavia & Rwanda, & intervention is compared with the effectiveness of economic sanctions. The potential for human rights & democracy to take hold in the Middle East is discussed, but most certainly not through the coercion of Iraq-like regime change. M. James