Book Review: Human Rights and Their Limits, by Wiktor Osiatyński and Advocating Dignity: Human Rights Mobilizations in Global Politics, by Jean H. Quataert

Cambridge Law Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, p. 269, 2011

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper

Posted: 3 Nov 2011 Last revised: 30 Jan 2015

Date Written: December 10, 2010

Abstract

In their contributions to the scholarship on human rights, Jean Quataert and Wiktor Osiatyński appear, at first blush, to be engaged in quite different projects. Quataert’s book is a social historian’s study of the impact of transnational human rights movements on the development of human rights. Osiatyński’s project, meanwhile, is a theoretical and practical contribution to debates in four contested human rights themes. Nevertheless, the books reveal some significant intersections, which illustrate the emergence of new areas of interest in the field of human rights scholarship. Specifically, both works evidence a growing attention to narratives of history, and historical reinterpretations, in understanding current and future possibilities for human rights. The author reviews these works, and suggests how they connect to the emerging debates in human rights thought.

Keywords: human rights, history, social movements

Suggested Citation

Hohmann, Jessie M., Book Review: Human Rights and Their Limits, by Wiktor Osiatyński and Advocating Dignity: Human Rights Mobilizations in Global Politics, by Jean H. Quataert (December 10, 2010). Cambridge Law Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, p. 269, 2011; University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1954033

Jessie M. Hohmann (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

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