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The Presidential Address: Discrepancies between the Best Philosophical Account of Human Rights and the International Law of Human Rights

James Griffin
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Vol. 101 (2001), pp. 1-28
Published by: Wiley on behalf of The Aristotelian Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4545337
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

The best philosophical account of human rights regards them as protections of the values we attach to human agency. The international law of human rights is embodied in a large number of declarations, conventions, covenants, charters, and judicial decisions. There are many discrepancies between the lists of human rights that emerge from these two authoritative sources. This lecture explores the significance of these discrepancies.

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