Human rights: Between Universalism and Relativism

23 September 2015


Further readings:

  • Perry, Michael J. “Are human rights universal? The relativist challenge and related matters” (1997) 19:3 Human Rights Quarterly 461.
  • Jack Donnelly, “The Relative Universality of Human Rights” (2007) 29:2 Human Rights Quarterly 281-306
  • Douglas Lee Donoho, “Relativism versus Universalism in Human Rights: The Search for Meaningful Standards” (1990) 27 Stan. J. Int’l L. 345
  • Engle, Karen. “Female Subjects of Public International Law: Human Rights and the Exotic Other Female” (1991) 26 New Eng L Rev 1509.
  • Lewis, H. “Between Irua and Female Genital Mutilation: Feminist Human Rights Discourse and the Cultural Divide” (1995) 8 Harv Hum Rts J 1.
  • Fareed Zakaria & Lee Kuan Yew, “Culture Is Destiny: A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew” (1994) 73:2 Foreign Affairs 109-126
  • Sweeney, James A. “Margins of Appreciation: Cultural Relativity and the European Court of Human Rights in the Post-Cold War Era” (2005) 54:02 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 459.
  • Donoho, Douglas Lee. “Autonomy, Self-Governance, and the Margin of Appreciation: Developing a Jurisprudence of Diversity Within Universal Human Rights” (2001) 15 Emory Int’l L Rev 391.
  • Shany, Yuval. “Toward a general margin of appreciation doctrine in international law?” (2005) 16:5 European Journal of International Law 907.
  • Dembour, Marie. Following the movement of a pendulum: between universalism and relativism (Culture and rights: anthropological perspectives. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001).
  • Ostrovsky, Aaron A. “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding? How the Margin of Appreciation Doctrine Preserves Core Human Rights within Cultural Diversity and Legitimises International Human Rights Tribunals” (2005) 1 Hanse Law Review 47.
  • Brems, Eva. “Enemies or allies? Feminism and cultural relativism as dissident voices in human rights discourse” (1997) 19:1 Human Rights Quarterly 136.
  • Spielmann, Dean. “Allowing the Right Margin: The European Court of Human Rights and The National Margin of Appreciation Doctrine: Waiver or Subsidiarity of European Review?” (2011) 14:1 Cambridge yearbook of European legal studies 381.
  • Vyver, Johan D Van Der. “Universality and relativity of human rights: American relativism” (1998) 4 Buff Hum Rts L Rev 43.
  • Sloane, Robert D. “Outrelativizing Relativism: A Liberal Defense of the Universality of International Human Rights” (2001) 34 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 527.
  • Koch, Ida Elisabeth. “VIII. LEGAL PLURALISM IN THE HUMAN RIGHTS UNIVERSE” (2001) Human Rights on Common Grounds: The Quest for Universality 139.

    Reidy, David A. An internationalist conception of human rights (Wiley Online Library, 2005).