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Achieving Human Rights


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Introduction Part 1: Overview 1. Toward a Necessary Utopianism: Democratic Global Governance 2. The Power of Rights and The Rights of Power: What Future for Human Rights 3. Orientalism and International Law Part 2: Nurturing Global Democracy 4. Toward Global Democracy 5. Citizenship and Globalization Part 3: International Criminal Law 6. The Holocaust and the Emergence of International Human Rights 7. The Pinochet Moment: Whither Universal Jurisdiction 8. Genocide at the World Court: The Case Against Serbia Part 4: Human Rights After 9/11 9. A Descending Spiral 10. Encroaching on the Rule of Law: Counter-Terrorist Justifications 11. Humanitarian Intervention Part 5: Beyond Politics 12. Crimes, Lies, and Law: Human Rights in Adversity 13. Humanity in Question 14. The Ideal of the Citizen Pilgrim

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University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


"Challenging readers to set aside received wisdom and explore the possible and desirable is what we expect from Richard Falk. Achieving Human Rights is opinionated but fair, insightful but readable. His vision of "necessary utopianism" provides a primer for a new generation and an unsettling memory-refresher for those of us who thought we had the answers." --Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Center "This volume is vintage Falk. His characteristic mix of a humane progressive agenda, careful analysis, and clear, accessible writing is brought to bear on a variety of central human rights issues in our contemporary age of America's rights-abusive wars on terrorism and Iraq. Those who have followed Falk's human rights writing for now more than three decades will certainly want to add this book to their collection. And those to whom Falk is a new voice are in for a real treat." --Jack Donnelly, Andrew Mellon Professor, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver "This book demonstrates why Richard Falk has been one of the most influential human rights scholars ever. Weaving theoretical inquiry with biting political criticism, Falk calls for ethical clarification and moral reflection on what it means to uphold the human dignity of individuals in a world of sovereign states. He goes far beyond the traditional human rights framework and calls for personalizing the practice of human rights by locating freedom and responsibility in the daily decisions each of us makes about the treatment of others. Achieving Human Rights should be mandatory reading in all courses on human rights and international ethics. This forward-thinking volume is sure to remain highly influential for years to come." -- Julie Mertus, American University, author Bait and Switch

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