The Nature of International Human Rights

Carl Wellman

in The Moral Dimensions of Human Rights

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744787
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827138 | DOI:
The Nature of International Human Rights

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This chapter explains the nature of international human rights, human rights recognized in international law. Although most of them are claim-rights, some are liberty-rights, power-rights, or immunity-rights, They are adversarial, possessed by individual human beings and holding against nation-states. They have an important, but more limited, universality than moral human rights. Although they are unlike moral human rights in being institutional rather than natural, they are similar enough to make moral human rights relevant to their justification and interpretation.

Keywords: human rights; moral rights; international human rights; adversarial; claim-rights; liberty-rights; power-rights; immunity-rights; universality; justification

Chapter.  6073 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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