Achieving Human Rights

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Richard Falk once again captures our attention with a nuanced analysis of what we need to do'”at the personal level as well as state actions'”to refocus our pursuit of human rights in a post-9/11 world. From democratic global governance, to the costs of the Iraq War, the preeminent role of the United States in the world order to the role of individual citizens of a globalized world, Falk stresses the moral urgency achieving human rights. In elegant simplicity, this book places the priority such an ethos in the personal decisions we make in our human interactions, not just the activities of government institutions and non-governmental organizations. Falk masterly weaves together such topics as the Iraq War, U.S. human rights practices and abuses, humanitarian intervention, the rule of law, responses to terrorism, genocide in Bosnia, the Pinochet trial, the Holocaust, and information technology to create a moral tapestry of world order with human rights at the center.

Author Biography

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University. He is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 11
Toward a Necessary Utopianism: Democratic Global Governancep. 13
The Power of Rights and the Rights of Power: What Future for Human Rights?p. 25
Orientalism and International Lawp. 39
Nurturing Global Democracyp. 55
Toward Global Democracyp. 57
Citizenship and Globalizationp. 67
International Criminal Lawp. 81
The Holocaust and the Emergence of International Human Rightsp. 83
The Pinochet Moment: Whither Universal Jurisdiction?p. 97
Genocide at the World Court: The Case Against Serbiap. 121
Human Rights After 9/11p. 127
A Descending Spiralp. 129
Encroaching on the Rule of Law: Counter-Terrorist Justificationsp. 144
Humanitarian Interventionp. 166
Beyond Politicsp. 179
Crimes, Lies, and Law: Human Rights in Adversityp. 181
Humanity in Questionp. 192
The Ideal of the Citizen Pilgrimp. 202
Notesp. 208
Acknowledgementsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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