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The Heart of Human Rights

Allen Buchanan


This book provides a moral assessment of the heart of the modern human rights enterprise: the system of international legal human rights. Any attempt to achieve a moral assessment of that enterprise must first evaluate the system of international legal human rights, which includes both legal norms and the institutions that create, interpret, and implement them. When philosophers have addressed the system of international legal human rights at all, they have tended to assume that international legal human rights, when they are morally justified, mirror, or at least help to realize, preexisting ... More

Keywords: institutional legitimacy, international legal human rights, international legal human rights system, justification, minimal well-being, moral human rights, status egalitarianism, supremacy of international human rights law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199325382
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen Buchanan, author
Duke University