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The Idea of International Human Rights Law

Steven Wheatley


International Human Rights Law has emerged as an academic subject in its own right, separate from, but still related to, International Law. This book explains the distinctive nature of the new discipline by examining the influence of the moral concept of human rights on general international law. Rather than make use of moral philosophy or political theory, the work explains the term ‘human rights’ by examining its usage in international law practice, on the understanding that words are given meaning through their use. Relying on complexity theory to make sense of the legal practice in the Uni ... More

Keywords: methodology, complexity theory, John Searle, moral human rights, legal human rights, fragmentation, International Human Rights Law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749844
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198749844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Wheatley, author
Professor of International Law, University of Lancaster