The Relative Universality of Human Rights

  title={The Relative Universality of Human Rights},
  author={Jack Donnelly},
  journal={Human Rights Quarterly},
  pages={281 - 306}
  • J. Donnelly
  • Published 14 May 2007
  • Philosophy, Political Science, Art
  • Human Rights Quarterly
Human rights as an international political project are closely tied to claims of universality. Attacks on the universality of human rights, however, are also widespread. And some versions of universalism are indeed theoretically indefensible, politically pernicious, or both. This essay explores the senses in which human rights can (and cannot) be said to be universal, the senses in which they are (and are not) relative, and argues for the "relative universality" of internationally recognized… 
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