Taming the states: the American Law Institute and the ‘Statement of essential human rights’

@article{Vik2012TamingTS,
  title={Taming the states: the American Law Institute and the ‘Statement of essential human rights’},
  author={Hanne Hagtvedt Vik},
  journal={Journal of Global History},
  year={2012},
  volume={7},
  pages={461-482}
}
As the Second World War unfolded and became global, intellectuals of various backgrounds turned their minds to the problems of peace. Internal persecution bred external aggression, some believed. States had to be tamed. Such reasoning led the American Law Institute (ALI) to try to draft a globally acceptable bill of rights. Although originating in the USA, the project was essentially a transnational one. The ‘Statement of essential human rights’ became the most elaborate code created up to… Expand
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