Grounds 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:
Grounds of International Human Rights

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This chapter explains the grounds of international human rights. Their material grounds are primarily texts such as human rights conventions, General Assembly resolutions, committee reports, or judicial decisions. The legal relevance of these texts depends on the formal grounds of international law, especially treaties ratified by nation-states or customary state action accepted as law. Thus, the grounds of international human rights are institutional, unlike the moral reasons that ground moral human rights. However, because many of these texts presuppose moral human rights, moral human rights are relevant to the justification and interpretation of international human rights.

Keywords: human rights; international human rights; material grounds; formal grounds; human rights conventions; General Assembly resolutions; judicial decisions; treaties

Chapter.  7529 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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