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From Conquest to Constitutions: Retrieving a Latin American Tradition of the Idea of Human Rights


Paolo Carozza


Notre Dame Law School


Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 25, p. 281, 2003

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This article explores the historical roots of the Latin American region's strong commitment to the idea of universal human rights, focusing on four key intellectual moments: the ethical response to the Spanish conquest; the rights ideology of the continent's liberal republican revolutions; the articulation of social and economic rights in the Mexican Constitution of 1917; and the Latin American contributions to the genesis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Constructing a narrative from these examples, the article argues for the recognition of a distinct Latin American tradition within the global discourse of human rights.

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Keywords: Latin America, regional human rights, history of human rights

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Date posted: May 8, 2007  

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Carozza, Paolo, From Conquest to Constitutions: Retrieving a Latin American Tradition of the Idea of Human Rights. Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 25, p. 281, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=984953

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Paolo G. Carozza (Contact Author)
Notre Dame Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States
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