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The Conservative Human Rights RevolutionEuropean Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention$
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Marco Duranti

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001

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Revolution and Restoration in the History of Human Rights

Revolution and Restoration in the History of Human Rights

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The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

Marco Duranti

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of continuity and change in the history of human rights, while contrasting postwar developments within the Council of Europe with those at the United Nations. In recent debates over whether Western notions of human rights are compatible with African and Asian collectivism, it has been forgotten that the ideological content of human rights was once vigorously disputed within the West itself. Human rights in Europe, rather than unfolding along a single linear trajectory, had widely divergent lineages, served opposing purposes, and took on conflicting meanings. Instead of referring to the human rights revolution in the singular, it is more accurate to speak of a plurality of human rights revolutions, at once interdependent and distinct, complementary and in competition with one another.

Keywords:   conservatism, ECHR, European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, European politics, human rights, international justice, international law, political history, United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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