Human rights and the social construction of sovereignty

@article{Reussmit2001HumanRA,
  title={Human rights and the social construction of sovereignty},
  author={Christian Reus-smit},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={519 - 538}
}
Sovereignty and human rights are generally considered separate, mutually contradictory regimes in international society. This article takes issue with this conventional assumption, and argues that only by treating sovereignty and human rights as two normative elements of a single, inherently contradictory modern discourse about legitimate statehood and rightful state action can we explain key moments in the expansion of the international system during the twentieth century. After developing a… Expand
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