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International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice

Hurst Hannum, S. James Anaya & Dinah L. Shelton, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS: PROBLEMS OF LAW, POLICY, AND PRACTICE (5th ed. 2011)

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-35

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-35

57 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2013  

Hurst Hannum

Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

S. James Anaya

University of Colorado Law School

Dinah L. Shelton

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The introductory chapter of this book discusses how a unifying concern for human dignity led to the establishment of human rights as part of the body of international law. Next, the chapter includes excerpts from multiple writers’ works to employ slavery as a case study to demonstrate how the international community has used the notion of human rights to create binding law. Third, this chapter discusses the philosophical drivers of human rights by including writings from other scholars and the history of the presence of human rights in international law. The chapter concludes that increasing concern for human rights may indicate that protection of human rights is presently in danger rather than improving.

Keywords: human rights, slavery, international law, United Nations

JEL Classification: F00, K33

Suggested Citation

Hannum, Hurst and Anaya, S. James and Shelton, Dinah L., International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice (2011). Hurst Hannum, S. James Anaya & Dinah L. Shelton, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS: PROBLEMS OF LAW, POLICY, AND PRACTICE (5th ed. 2011); GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-35; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2226065

Hurst Hannum

Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ( email )

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S. James Anaya

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

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Dinah L. Shelton (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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Washington, DC 20052
United States
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