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The Idea of International Human Rights Law$
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Steven Wheatley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198749844.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Idea of International Human Rights Law

Steven Wheatley

Oxford University Press

The Introduction observes the emergence of International Human Rights Law as a discipline in its own right, related to, but different from, international law. It notes the criticisms made by some general international lawyers of the distinct methodologies used by human rights lawyers, making the point that any differences between ‘international law’ and ‘international human rights law’ can only be explained by the influence of the moral concept of human rights on international law doctrine and practice—in the same way the Moon influences the Earth’s tides. The work explains how we can use complexity theory to examine the influence of human rights on international law, introducing complexity theory as a methodology in international law. It then explains the general approach in the book.

Keywords:   human rights, human rightism, complexity, complexity theory, methodology, emergence, evolution, events, attractors

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