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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

In this new edition of the highly successful volume Francesca Klug explains the nature of human rights discourse through an exploration of its evolution over the last two hundred years. By tracing the popular appeal of human rights over time, she describes and explains how the idea of fundamental human rights has changed and developed through three distinct ‘waves’ characterized by different, but overlapping, sets of values.

It examines how protecting human rights has become part of the justification for suspending laws designed to uphold them and how the legitimacy of human rights values is openly challenged by wildly different forces, ranging from religious fundamentalists to liberal governments, who maintain that an over-emphasis on rights leaves states vulnerable to attack by terrorists and propagandists who take advantage of liberal laws.

Providing an accessible analysis of human rights discourse, this significant volume will be of interest to students, researchers, activists and all those interested in human rights.

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. In this new edition of the highly successful volume Francesca Klug explains the nature of human rights discourse through an exploration of its evolution over the last two hundred years. By tracing the popular appeal of human rights over time, she...
Categories: British Politics, International Politics, Human Rights