Positivism and Practice Beyond Sovereignty
22 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 14, 2017
This essay is a reply to commentaries on The Sovereignty of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). Three themes inform the commentaries. Each represents a topic that the book engages with in ways challenged or critiqued in some of these essays. The first relates to its enlistment of international legal positivism as a defining feature of what constitutes a human right in international law. The second is the role that practice plays in the account that I offer of the normative mission of human rights in international law – namely, that human rights act as legal instruments that mitigate some of the pathologies associated with how international law organizes global politics into an international legal order. Finally, some of the essays in this issue inquire into the role that human rights play beyond sovereignty – specifically, in relation to non-state actors such as multinational corporations and international economic institutions.
Keywords: International Human Rights, International Law, Sovereignty, Positivism, Practice, Non-State Actors
JEL Classification: K33
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