Tom Campbell, Kylie Bourne

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperForeword/postscript


Political and Legal Approaches to Human Rights explores and illustrates issues arising from recent attention given to ‘political’ (or ‘practical’) approaches to human rights, in contrast to ‘orthodox moral’ approaches, which are said to conceptualize and justify human rights in terms of specific priority rights which are both universal and morally overriding. Political approaches focus on those human rights practices involved in the development and operation of human rights institutions, including human rights laws and political procedures, in relative independence from their alleged moral foundations. Our aim is to contribute to the understanding, analysis and critique of political approaches to human rights, including consideration of their diversity, and discussion of their strengths and weaknesses. We explore this recent and relatively novel perspective on human rights, generated at a time when there is considerable uncertainty concerning the conceptual clarity, the efficacy, and the normative justifications of human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical and legal approaches to human rights
EditorsTom Campbell, Kylie Bourne
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315179711, 9781351717175, 9781351717168, 9781351717182
ISBN (Print)981138744585
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Campbell, T., & Bourne, K. (2018). Introduction. In T. Campbell, & K. Bourne (Eds.), Political and legal approaches to human rights (pp. x-xix). Routledge.