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Human Rights in International LawLegal and Policy Issues$
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Theodor Meron

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198255406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255406.001.0001

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The Jurisprudence of Human Rights *

The Jurisprudence of Human Rights *

(p.68) (p.69) Chapter 3 The Jurisprudence of Human Rights*
Human Rights in International Law

Jerome J. Shestack

Oxford University Press

This chapter reveals and deepens our understanding of jurisprudence through philosophical inquiry. It is particularly valuable in directing attention not only to the definition of ‘rights’ but to sources and theories which have generated the multitude of claims considered in various quarters to be ‘rights’. These philosophical underpinnings promote deeper insight into the norm-making process and the transformation of claims and ‘weak’ rights into ‘hard’ rights. Teaching suggestions, syllabus, and bibliographies are provided at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   human rights, jurisprudence, philosophical inquiry

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