The Right to have Rights as the Politics of Human Rights

Alison Kesby

in The Right to Have Rights

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600823
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738272 | DOI:
The Right to have Rights as the Politics of Human Rights

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Focusing on the work of the French philosopher Jacques Rancière, Chapter 5 examines the right to have rights in terms of the politics of human rights—of the rightless taking up, claiming, and enacting denied rights. The subject of rights is the limitless subject of politics. This is a performative understanding of the right to have rights in that the excluded confer a ‘place in the world’ on themselves. While Rancière seeks to overcome exclusions from the subject of rights, it is argued that his account is not itself immune from exclusion. Finally, the chapter examines the implications of Rancière’s work for international human rights law.

Keywords: ‘right to have rights’; politics of human rights; jacques rancière; hannah arendt; international human rights law; democratic politics; dissensual politics; law and politics; non-places

Chapter.  13632 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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