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Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155357

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155357.001.0001

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The Problem of Human Rights

The Problem of Human Rights

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(p.1) 1 The Problem of Human Rights
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Making Human Rights a Reality
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Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155357.003.0001

This book examines whether more international legal instruments and procedures would be helpful while probing the actions that states can take in tandem to the large and increasingly elaborate international human rights legal system. It combines research in anthropology, criminology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, and sociology with practical insight from the people in the field who are engaged in human rights promotion. Its goal is to develop a strategy for stewardship that could help make human rights more of a reality. Part I of the book considers what is known about why people (notably leaders of governments and their envoys) commit human rights abuses. Part II deals with the international human rights legal system that has emerged over the last six decades. Part III explores what governments themselves are doing to advance human rights abroad.

Keywords:   international human rights, legal system, human rights promotion, stewardship, human rights, human rights abuses

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