An Internationalist Conception of Human Rights

Philosophical Forum, Vol. 36, pp. 367-397

31 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2008

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David A. Reidy

University of Tennessee - Department of Philosophy

Abstract

I develop and defend a conception of human rights as constituting the answer to a fundamental practical question of foreign policy faced by liberal democracies around the world: When is a government the agent of a determinate people capable of committing that people to this or that by way of treaty or other voluntary undertaking within international law? I do not argue that this is the only important conception of human rights; I do argue that it is a conception that ought to have a certain primacy in a normative theory of international relations.

Keywords: human rights, Rawls, international relations, legitimacy, global justice, treaty, law of peoples

Suggested Citation

Reidy, David A., An Internationalist Conception of Human Rights. Philosophical Forum, Vol. 36, pp. 367-397. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1090322

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