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A Magna Carta for all Humanity

Homing in on human rights

By Francesca Klug

Routledge – 2012 – 240 pages

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Description

The year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John of England at Runnymede. Yet 2015 will also see the British general election partly fought over the issue of disenchantment with international human rights norms in the UK. For the first time since it was ratified in 1950, there is a serious call to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), with at least two mainstream parties (the Conservatives and UKIP) committed to repealing the UK’s Human Rights Act (HRA), passed in 2000 to incorporate the rights in the ECHR into UK law. If the UK cannot live with universal human rights norms incorporated in its law can it realistically expect other states to do so?

This book illuminates the contemporary debate in the UK over this country’s future adherence to international human rights norms through the prism of the ethic of human rights. The evolving discourse on human rights standards and values – the moral framework for public life that they evoke - will be deconstructed and analyzed as a recurring backdrop to current human rights disputes in the UK.

The book will be divided into two sections. The first section will provide a context to the rest of the book by exploring the ethic of post war universal human rights. The second section ‘homes in’ on human rights ‘at home,’ giving an insider’s perspective on the background to, and purpose of, the HRA when it was introduced by the new (in every sense) Labour Government in 1998 and will be of interest to students of British Politics, Law, Human Rights and International Relations.

Contents

1. Introduction: The Idea of Human Rights 2. Revolution and Citizenship: The First Wave of Rights 3. Reason and Conscience: The Second Wave of Rights 4. A Global Ethic: The Third Wave of Rights 5. Time for a New Enlightenment?

Author Bio

Francesca Klug is professorial research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the director of the Human Rights Futures project, which is aimed at deepening public understanding of human rights discourse in general and the Human Rights Act in particular. She is a member of the government's Commission for Equality and Human Rights Steering Group. Francesca's expertise and research interests include the Human Rights Act, bill of rights, human rights and equality, the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and the historical evolution of human rights values. She was previously a senior research fellow at King's College Law School where she worked on developing the model for incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law, reflected in the Human Rights Act.

Name: A Magna Carta for all Humanity: Homing in on human rights (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Francesca Klug. The year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John of England at Runnymede. Yet 2015 will also see the British general election partly fought over the issue of disenchantment with international human rights norms in...
Categories: British Politics, Human Rights, International Politics, Human Rights Law & Civil Liberties, Socio-Legal Studies - International Law & Politics, International Organizations