The Emergence of an Alternate Paradigm of Human Rights

Upendra Baxi

in The Future of Human Rights

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195690439
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081059 | DOI:
The Emergence of an Alternate Paradigm of Human Rights

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The paradigm of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being steadily, but surely, being supplanted by that of trade-related, market-friendly human rights under the auspices of contemporary globalization. This new paradigm seeks to demote, even reverse, the notion that universal human rights are designed for the attainment of dignity and well-being of human beings and for enhancing the security and well-being of socially, economically, and civilizationally vulnerable peoples and communities. Does the expression ‘human rights of global capital’ make any sense at all? Is it sensible to endow aggregations of economy and technology with human rights attributes? These questions are addressed in the present chapter, along with continuities and discontinuities, the choice of narrative strategies, endology, the end of the nation-state, the reproduction of ‘soft’ states, human rights of corporations, the nature and content of trade-related market-friendly human rights, and the materiality of globalization.

Keywords: Universal Declaration of Human Rights; paradigm; human rights; globalization; nation-state; soft states; corporations; endology; economy; technology

Chapter.  17152 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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