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Comparative Human Rights Law

Sandra Fredman


Courts in different jurisdictions face similar human rights questions. Does the death penalty breach human rights? Does freedom of speech include racist speech? Is there a right to health? This book uses the prism of comparative law to examine the fascinating ways in which these difficult questions are decided. On the one hand, the shared language of human rights suggests that there should be similar solutions to comparable problems. On the other hand, there are important differences. Constitutional texts are worded differently; courts have differing relationships with the legislature; and the ... More

Keywords: comparativism, human rights, theories of interpretation, socio-economic rights, human rights values, justiciable human rights, democracy and human rights, polycentricity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199689408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Fredman, author
Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA, University of Oxford