Legal and Roman Catholic Conceptions of Human Rights: Convergence, Divergence, and Dialogue?
Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School
June 22, 2012
1(1) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 185-201 (2012) Forthcoming
Queen's University Belfast Law Research Paper No. 2013-02
This article explores the extent to which there is an overlapping consensus between the Roman Catholic and the legal traditions of human rights. In comparing both traditions, an understanding of what these two traditions mean by “human rights” is gleaned from some authoritative texts of these traditions. In the case of the Roman Catholic tradition, emphasis is given to the post-Vatican II encyclicals (without intending to be comprehensive), and in the case of the legal tradition, from domestic Bills of Rights, human rights treaties, and relevant judicial interpretations of those texts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Roman Catholicism, Human Rights
Date posted: June 23, 2012 ; Last revised: January 28, 2013
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