The Legal Argument

Arvind Sharma

in Are Human Rights Western?

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679489
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081714 | DOI:
The Legal Argument

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This chapter examines the legal argument for the claim that human rights are Western. It suggests that the critique that human rights are Western on account of their legal bias has a point but it can only count against their universality if the discourse remains impervious to salutary influences from other cultures, which might mitigate its legalism.

Keywords: human rights; legal bias; universality; Western; cultures

Chapter.  883 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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