From the Cold War to Kosovo: The Rise and Renewal of the Field of International Human Rights

Posted: 18 Oct 2010

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Yves M. Dezalay

University of Angers - French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Bryant Garth

University of California, Irvine School of Law; American Bar Foundation

Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

This review explores the creation and transformation of the field of international human rights in the period after World War II. The narrative proceeds through an examination, based on documentary evidence and interviews, of three generations of human rights nongovernmental organizations: the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. Each was created in part to overcome the limitations of the previous generation, and the process, linked to developments in the U.S. field of state power and U.S. activities abroad - especially in Latin America - gradually produced a field with substantial legal autonomy. At the same time, however, the structure of the field moved increasingly close to U.S. power and the issues and strategies that would gain credibility in the United States. The autonomy is therefore structurally close to U.S. power.

Suggested Citation

Dezalay, Yves M. and Garth, Bryant, From the Cold War to Kosovo: The Rise and Renewal of the Field of International Human Rights (December 2006). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 2, pp. 231-255, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1693686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.lawsocsci.2.032406.145708

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