This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.

The New Human Rights Regime

The new human rights regime

Introduction: The New Politics of Identity and Difference

In 1946 UNESCO set up an international committee of intellectuals to explore the notion of human rights; the committee took soundings from people they believed represented the various ethical and moral traditions, and their deliberations fed into the drafting of the Universal Declaration. As we have seen, the idea that human dignity is best defended by the language of rights has a distinctly Western origin, but the result of this consultative exercise was a degree of consensus that, seen in the context of the politics of human rights in the 1990s, was perhaps surprising. Partly this consensus was shaped by the conditions of the era and the ...

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