Universal Human Rights In Theory And Practice

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Universal Human Rights In Theory And Practice

By Jack Donnelly
Cornell University Press, 1989
295 pp. $36.50

This wide-ranging book looks at all aspects of human rights, drawing upon political theory, sociology and international relations as well as international law. Cogently argued, it seeks to construct a theory of international human rights. The author deals successfully with two of the principal challenges to the notion of the universality of human rights: the argument that some non-Western societies are not subject to Western norms, and the claim that economic development may require the sacrifice of some human rights.

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