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Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change

Lan Cao


The growth of international law in the post–World War II era stemmed partly from the belief that universal norms would make life for the world’s population safer, more equitable, and more conducive to each person’s acquisition of basic material needs. Starting in the sixties, some scholars and activists challenged this assumption with “cultural relativism,” which favors local cultural traditions over international human rights norms. Scholars tried to create a middle-ground between universalism and relativism, whereby the most egregious violations would be prevented through assimilating jus co ... More

Keywords: universalism, cultural relativism, development, human capabilities, culture change, human rights, women’s rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lan Cao, author
Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law, Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law