The culturalization of human rights law / Federico Lenzerini.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xxiv, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
'Universalism' vs 'relativism' : the origins and characterization of the debate The philosophical foundations and development of international human rights law Methodological revisitation of the problem Are human rights a creation of the West? A look at pre-colonial societies The evolution of the Western concept of human rights Contemporary human rights standards in non-Western societies The progressive affirmation of collective rights, the weight of duties, and the diaspora from Western legacies : a holistic reconceptualization of human rights Culture and human rights : a tricky, indissoluble relationship Culturally based approach to human rights in international legal instruments Culturally based approach to international human rights law in international practice Culturally based approach to international human rights law in regional practice Closing synopsis Revisitation of the 'universalism vs relativism' debate Benefits determined by a differentiated culturally based approach to human rights Why does a given degree of universalism remain necessary? Identification and delimitation of universal human rights standards.
International human rights law was originally focused on universal individual rights. This text examines the developments which have seen it change to a multi-cultural approach, one more sensitive to the cultures of the people directly affected by them. It argues that this can provide benefits, but that aspects of universalism must be retained.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-270) and index.