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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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Making More of Law and Power

Making More of Law and Power

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Making Human Rights a Reality

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines whether a stewardship strategy is good for international law. To date, most discussions of human rights promotion strategies are strongly rooted in the belief that the process must be universal and the rights indivisible. While universalism is attractive because it involves everyone, it is also a liability. It can lead to fraud and defiance, and it obscures the fact that allocating finite resources to alleviate suffering requires choices. The chapter explains how international law and state power can work in tandem to promote and protect human rights. It argues that putting the two together—anchored on a clear strategy of triage and active localization efforts by stewards—can make the aspirations of human rights protection more of a reality.

Keywords:   stewardship, international law, human rights promotion, state power, human rights, triage, localization, human rights protection, universalism

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