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Cambridge.University.Press.Who.Believes.in.Human.Rights.Reflections.on.the.European.Convention.Oct.2006. This page intentionally left blankWho Believes in Human Rights?Reflections on the European ConventionMany people believe passionately in human rights. Others – Bentham, Marx,cultural relativists and some feminists amongst them – dismiss the concept ofhuman rights as practically and conceptually inadequate. This book reviews theseclassical critiques and shows how their insights are reflected in the case law of theEuropean Court of Human Rights. At one level an original, accessible andinsightful legal commentary on the European Convention, this book is also aground-breaking work of theory which challenges human rights orthodoxy. Itsnovel identification of four human rights schools proposes that we alternativelyconceive of these rights as given (natural school), agreed upon (deliberativeschool), fought for (protest school) and talked about (discourse school). Whichof these concepts we adopt is determined by particular ways in which we believe,or do not believe, in human rights.MARIE-BE´NE´DICTEDEMBOURis Senior Lecturer in Law at the Sussex Law School,University of Sussex.The Law in Context SeriesEditors: William Twining (University College London) and Christopher McCrudden(Lincoln College, Oxford)Since 1970 the Law in Context series has been in the forefront of the movement tobroaden the study of law. It has been a vehicle for the publication of innovative scholarlybooks that treat law and legal phenomena critically in their social, political and eco-nomic contexts from a variety of perspectives. The series particularly aims to publishscholarly legal writing that brings fresh perspectives to bear on new and existing areas oflaw taught in universities. 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Subject to statutory exception and to the provision of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press.ISBN-10 0-511-34870-3ISBN-10 0-521-68307-6Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of urls for external or third-party internet websites referred to in this publication, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.Published in the United States of America by Cambridge University Press, New Yorkwww.cambridge.orgpaperbackeBook (EBL)eBook (EBL)paperback163000To Bob, againTo Ellis too, of courseTo Franc¸oise and all judges and lawyers like her . 304 The Convention in a utilitarian light 685 The Convention in a Marxist light 1146 The Convention in a particularist light 1557 The Convention in a feminist. page intentionally left blank Who Believes in Human Rights? Reflections on the European ConventionMany people believe passionately in human rights. Others
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