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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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Arguing for Human Rights

Arguing for Human Rights

Labor Rights as Human Rights

(p.245) Chapter 13 Arguing for Human Rights
On Global Justice

Mathias Risse

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines whether labor rights are human rights. Labor rights appear in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are covered by the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Nevertheless, there are three primary objections to the notion that labor rights are human rights: the nature-of-rights objection, the inferior urgency objection, and the cultural imperialism objection. In light of the persistent skepticism confronting the idea of labor rights as human rights, the chapter traces the historical development that brought labor rights into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also considers whether we can derive labor rights from the various substantive sources of membership rights in the global order.

Keywords:   labor rights, human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, nature-of-rights objection, inferior urgency objection, cultural imperialism objection, membership rights, global order

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