A new and incisive analysis of the political viability of human rights, with an in-depth investigation of its largest violation: world hunger.
Gonzalez-Pelaez develops John Vincent's theory of basic human rights within the context of the international political economy and demonstrates how the right to food has become an international norm enshrined within international law. She then assesses the international normative and practical dimensions of hunger in connection with international trade and poverty. Using the society of states as the framework of analysis, she explores the potential that the current system has to correct its own anomalies, and examines the measures that can move the hunger agenda forward in order to break through its current stagnation.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Problem of Hunger 2. Basic Rights: Political origins 3. Basic Rights in International Society: The right to food 4. International Trade and the Options for Eradicating Hunger 5. Can International Society Eliminate Hunger? 6. Conclusion: Assessment of Vincen'ts basic rights project Bibliography
Ana Gonzalez-Palaez is an independent researcher of international affairs based in London. She has worked in broadcast media, published in various academic journals, and served as a consultant to several human rights projects.