Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bernard Jacobs at Opinio Juris on International Human Rites

I have occasionally written on the international human rights movement as essentially a religious, missionary movement - the secularized version of the 19th century missionary movement, among other things. (One piece in particular, in a book aptly called Religion and Human Rights: Competing Claims?, eds., Peter Juviler and Carrie Gustafson, 1998, Secular Eschatologies and Class Interests of the Internationalized New Class, in pdf, here - the last person who seems to have noticed it, U Iowa's inimitable Mark Osiel, correctly described as something closer to satire than full scholarship. The only other person who seems to have noticed it was Michael Ignatieff, in an essay in the New York Review of Books way back when.)

So I was intrigued to find this post by Julian Ku at Opinio Juris, quoting from Hofstra constitutional law scholar and classicist Bernard Jacobs on international human rights as international human rites. Read it here.

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