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Human Rights and Violence : The Hope and Fear of the Liberal World - by Jarna Petman (Hardcover)

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The dilemma of a liberal human rights lawyer is this: one both believes in and doubts human rights. No wonder, for human rights are ambivalent. As positive legal enactments, they are the result of political bargaining that speak the concrete and verifiable language of rules; yet they also hold an intangible promise of universal good that reaches beyond the text of enacted rules, evoking their cosmopolitan purpose. This dual nature makes human rights strong and accounts for their extraordinary appeal. But it also makes the practice of human rights a fundamentally liberal exercise in irresolution.

This book offers a critical, albeit sympathetic, exploration of the conditions for practising and enforcing human rights in a world steeped in ambivalence. In the final section, the tension and the choice in rights is analysed within the realm of humanitarian violence. This is the realm of the tension—and the choice—between the hope and the fear of the liberal world.
Number of Pages: 348
Genre: Political Science, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Series Title: Hart Monographs in Transnational and International Law
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Jarna Petman
Language: English
Street Date: August 23, 2018
TCIN: 51775013
UPC: 9781849465335
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-9125
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