Reform, Revolution, or Retrenchment? International Human Rights in the Post Cold War Era

Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 32, p. 339, 1991

14 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2008

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Brenda Cossman

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August, 13 2008

Abstract

As Europe East and West struggles to come in from the cold, international human rights must confront the implications of profound social, economic, and political change. It is a moment of both opportunity and challenge. The end of the Cold War may signal a renewed possibility for the cooperation so essential for the realization of the normative vision of international human rights. Notwithstanding such hopes, I would argue that fundamental changes in the relationship between East and West may undermine important dimensions of the discourse of international human rights. Moreover, the focus of attention on the changes in. the East may have devastating effects the relationship between North and South, and on the conception of human rights law emerging from developing countries. As the Wall is dismantled ill Europe, new walls may only be going up elsewhere.

Suggested Citation

Cossman, Brenda, Reform, Revolution, or Retrenchment? International Human Rights in the Post Cold War Era (August, 13 2008). Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 32, p. 339, 1991. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1223002

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