Upendra Baxi The Future of Human Rights

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The Future of Human Rights

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9780195690439: The Future of Human Rights

This monograph critically examines the contemporary discourses on the nature of 'human rights', their histories, the myths that are embedded in them, and contributes an alternative reading of those histories by placing the concerns and interests of the 'people in struggle and communities of resistance' at centre stage.

It examines the cold reality that despite the last century being justly being describe as the century of human rights, the 'rightless and suffering peoples' still remain; it analyzes the gulf between the actuality and possibilities for the future. It analyzes the significance of the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and goes on to study the more contemporary issues such as women's struggle to feminize the understanding and practice of human rights, the post-modernist critique of the universal idiom of human rights and, most pertinently for the current world scene, it analyzes the impact of globalization on the human rights movement.

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Upendra Baxi is Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of Warwick. He was formerly Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Delhi and the University of South Gujarat.

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`... I truly enjoyed this book. Although it is pitched in the main at the international human rights scholar, it will contain something capable of stimulating - and frustrating - even the most jaded reader. ... it brims with ideas ... at all times, it retains the capacity to provoke and stimulate. ... provocative and bubbling with ideas. The argument is strikingly robust ... In an era in which so many books are so disappointingly anodyne, this one most certainly is not.' --Thomas Poole, Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2002

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