The contentious history of the International Bill of Human Rights /

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Author / Creator:Roberts, Christopher N. J., 1975- author.
Imprint:New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Description:xiv, 237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series:Cambridge studies in law and society
Cambridge studies in law and society.
Subject:United Nations. -- General Assembly. -- Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations. General Assembly)
Human rights -- History.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights.
Human rights.
Format: E-Resource Print Book
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ISBN:9781107601635 (pbk.)
1107601630 (pbk.)
9781107014633 (hardback)
1107014638 (hardback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"Traces conflicts about the definition of human rights and shows how a series of contradictions worked their way into the International Bill of Human Rights"--
Table of Contents:
  • 1. What are human rights and where do they come from?
  • 2. From war and politics to human rights: the Cold War and colonial recession
  • 3. Protecting state sovereignty from the 'dangers' of human rights
  • 4. Saving empire: the attempt to create (non)universal human rights
  • 5. A version of human rights that permits racial discrimination?
  • 6. The United States' unequivocal ambivalence towards socioeconomic rights