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The Legitimacy of International Human Rights Regimes
Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives

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Part of Studies on Human Rights Conventions

Johan Karlsson Schaffer, Andreas Føllesdal, Geir Ulfstein, Samantha Besson, Steven Wheatley, Kristen Hessler, Başak Çalı, Ian Hurd, Lynn Dobson, Richard Bellamy
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316500606

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  • The past sixty years have seen an expansion of international human rights conventions and supervisory organs, not least in Europe. While these international legal instruments have enlarged their mandate, they have also faced opposition and criticism from political actors at the state level, even in well-functioning democracies. Against the backdrop of such contestations, this book brings together prominent scholars in law, political philosophy and international relations in order to address the legitimacy of international human rights regimes as a theoretically challenging and politically salient case of international authority. It provides a unique and thorough overview of the legitimacy problems involved in the global governance of human rights.

    • Analyses international human rights treaties as a specific and theoretically challenging case of international law and global governance, thereby allowing for a better understanding of the complex rules, constraints and legitimacy of the human rights judiciary
    • Assessment of current problems and issues related to the legitimacy of human rights regimes will facilitate evaluation of reform suggestions, both for international human rights courts and domestic constitutional reform processes
    • Contributing authors consist of outstanding scholars from a range of different backgrounds, who provide a unique, high quality, multidisciplinary account of the legitimacy of international human rights regimes
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316500606
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. International human rights and the challenge of legitimacy Johan Karlsson Schaffer, Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein
    2. The legitimate authority of international human rights: on the reciprocal legitimation of domestic and international human rights Samantha Besson
    3. On the legitimate authority of international human rights bodies Steven Wheatley
    4. Equality, human rights, and political legitimacy Kristen Hessler
    5. The legitimacy of international interpretive authorities for human rights treaties: an indirect-instrumentalist defence Başak Çalı
    6. Torture and the politics of legitimation in international law Ian Hurd
    7. Legitimacy, institutional power, and international human rights institutions: a conceptual enquiry Lynn Dobson
    8. Legitimacy, global governance and human rights institutions: inverting the puzzle Johan Karlsson Schaffer
    9. The democratic legitimacy of international human rights conventions: political constitutionalism and the Hirst case Richard Bellamy
    10. Much ado about nothing? International judicial review of human rights in well-functioning democracies Andreas Føllesdal.

  • Editors

    Andreas Føllesdal, Universitetet i Oslo
    Andreas Føllesdal is Professor of Political Philosophy at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Johan Karlsson Schaffer, Universitetet i Oslo
    Johan Karlsson Schaffer is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Geir Ulfstein, Universitetet i Oslo
    Geir Ulfstein is Professor of International Law at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway.


    Johan Karlsson Schaffer, Andreas Føllesdal, Geir Ulfstein, Samantha Besson, Steven Wheatley, Kristen Hessler, Başak Çalı, Ian Hurd, Lynn Dobson, Richard Bellamy

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