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The Limits of Human Rights

Bardo Fassbender and Knut Traisbach


This volume engages openly and constructively with the question of what limits of human rights are, and what these limits mean. The contributions focus on conceptual questions of human rights, together providing an exceptionally rich spectrum of viewpoints and arguments across disciplines. The volume brings together a group of distinguished scholars from different disciplines who discuss diverse aspects of limits of human rights from various perspectives and in different topical settings, without engaging in a deconstruction or denial of human rights. Each contribution is supplemented by an en ... More

Keywords: limits of human rights, different conceptions of human rights, critique, revisionism, pragmatism

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824756
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bardo Fassbender, editor
Professor of Public International Law, European Law, and Public Law, University of St Gallen

Knut Traisbach, editor
Associate Professor of International Law (Adjunct), University of Barcelona

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Bardo Fassbender and Knut Traisbach


Henry J. Steiner

Part I Limits of Ideas, Limits of Communities: Paradigms and Biases

Part II Limits of Functions, Limits of Uses: Actors and Practices

10 Dissecting the Institution

Rosa Freedman and Ruth Houghton

Part III Limits of Scope, Limits of Recognition: The Case of Women’s Rights

13 Between the Margins and the Mainstream

Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin*

16 The Limits of Law

Fareda Banda

Part IV Limits of Pragmatism, Limits of Compromise: The Case of Armed Conflict

Part V Limits of Prospects, Limits of Means: An Outlook

23 Strategizing for Human Rights: From Ideals to Practice*

Douglas A. Johnson and Kathryn Sikkink

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