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Mathias Risse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142692

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142692.001.0001

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Human Rights as Membership Rights in the Global Order

Human Rights as Membership Rights in the Global Order

(p.209) Chapter 11 Human Rights as Membership Rights in the Global Order
On Global Justice

Mathias Risse

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers human rights as membership rights in the global order. Membership in the global order is a ground of justice because the political and economic arrangements in which we live generate demands of justice at the global level. Connecting this idea to human rights is to stress the moral relevance of global structures within which we can sensibly speak of membership rights. The chapter begins with a discussion of responsibility, emphasizing the idea that the addressee of human rights is the global order as such. It then explains what it means to hold rights within that order, rebutting the objection that there could be no plausible conception of human rights as membership rights in that order because there is no sense in which individuals hold such rights. The main reason for developing a conception of human rights in this chapter is to show what role human rights play in a theory of global justice.

Keywords:   human rights, membership rights, global order, responsibility, global justice

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