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In this set of three essays, originally presented as the 2005 Hamlyn Lectures, Conor Gearty considers whether human rights can survive the challenges of the war on terror, the revival of political religion, and the steady erosion of the world's natural resources. He also looks deeper than this to consider the fundamental question: How can we tell what human rights are? In his first essay, Gearty asks how the idea of human rights needs to be made to work in our age of relativism, uncertainty and anxiety. In the second, he assesses how the idea of human rights has coped with its incorporation in legal form in the UK Human Rights Act, arguing that the record is much better and more democratic than many human rights enthusiasts allow. In his final essay, Gearty confronts the challenges that may destroy the language of human rights for the generations that follow us.Read more
- Explains the subject of human rights to a general academic audience, appealing to all disciplines and not restricting its reach to any specialisation in particular
- Argues for an approach to human rights that fits well with, rather than is undermined by, our contemporary culture of doubt and uncertainty
- Shows how human rights are an essential tool in keeping the nations of the world civilised in the face of huge pressure from proponents of the 'war on terror'
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"It is the clarity and comprehensiveness of Gearty's argumentation, together with the controlled passion and graceful articulacy with which it is expressed, that commends this short book so highly to all of those interested in politics, law and human rights. Gearty does not promise answers in Can Human rights Survive? but in it he engages impressively thorough considerations of difficult but vital questions. The book is highly commended to both experts and casual readers in the field." - Fiona de Londras, University of College Cork The Law and Politics Book Revew
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- Date Published: June 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521685528
- length: 192 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.23kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. The crisis of authority
3. The crisis of legalism
4. The crisis of national security
5. Can human rights survive?
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