Legal and Roman Catholic Conceptions of Human Rights: Convergence, Divergence, and Dialogue?
1(1) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 185-201 (2012) Forthcoming
20 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2012 Last revised: 28 Jan 2013
Date Written: June 22, 2012
This article explores the extent to which there is an overlapping consensus between the Roman Catholic and the legal traditions of human rights. In comparing both traditions, an understanding of what these two traditions mean by “human rights” is gleaned from some authoritative texts of these traditions. In the case of the Roman Catholic tradition, emphasis is given to the post-Vatican II encyclicals (without intending to be comprehensive), and in the case of the legal tradition, from domestic Bills of Rights, human rights treaties, and relevant judicial interpretations of those texts.
Keywords: Roman Catholicism, Human Rights
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