Universal Human Rights brings new clarity to the important and highly contested concept of universal human rights. This collection of essays explores the foundations of universal human rights in four sections devoted to their nature, application, enforcement, and limits, concluding that shared rights help to constitute a universal human community, which supports local customs and separate state sovereignty. The eleven contributors to this volume demonstrate from their very different perspectives how human rights can help to bring moral order to an otherwise divided world.
David A. Reidy is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee. Mortimer N. S. Sellers is Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland and director of the Center for International & Comparative Law.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Nature of Human Rights Chapter 3 The Structure of Arguments for Human Rights Chapter 4 Human Rights: Constitutional and International Chapter 5 Universalism and Relativism in Human Rights Part 6 Part II: The Particular in Universal Human Rights Chapter 7 Are Women Human? Feminist Reflections on "Women's Rights as Human Rights" Chapter 8 Human Rights and the Ethic of Listening Chapter 9 Rights Against Institutions: What Governments Should and Can Do Part 10 Part III: Enforcing Universal Human Rights Chapter 11 Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention Chapter 12 Genocide and Political Responsibility Chapter 13 Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Sovereignty and the International Criminal Court Part 14 Rights in Extremis Chapter 15 Is Terrorism Ever Morally Permissible? An Inquiry into the Right to Life Chapter 16 Thwarting Suicide Terrorists: The Locus of Moral Constraints and the (Ir)Relevance of "Human Rights"