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Doing something without doing anything: international human rights law and the challenge of globalization

Evans, Tony and Hancock, Jan (1998) Doing something without doing anything: international human rights law and the challenge of globalization International Journal of Human Rights, 2, (3), pp. 1-21. (doi:10.1080/13642989808406744).

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International human rights law dominates both the literature and practice of human rights. Although the limitations of international law are sometimes tacitly acknowledged, human rights talk continues to pin its hopes on legal solutions. This article attempts to question the efficacy of such an approach. The argument begins by looking at the relationship between traditional approaches to international relations, international law and human rights. The second part looks at the consequences of globalisation for the international law approach to human rights. The conclusion to be drawn is twofold. First, globalisation weakens even further the prospects of protecting human rights through international law. Second, the focus on internatinal law offers the illusion of doing something without doing anything, creating a barrier to investigating social, political and economic methods for protecting human rights.

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Published date: 1998


Local EPrints ID: 34023
ISSN: 1364-2987
PURE UUID: 33ec23d2-e348-411d-aacb-273ec13d0a3b

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Date deposited: 17 Dec 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

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Author: Tony Evans
Author: Jan Hancock

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