Emerging Powers and Human Rights

In our first discussion our contributors evaluated the stance that newly powerful states take towards human rights.

In our first discussion our contributors evaluated the stance that newly powerful states take towards human rights. 


Twilight or dark glasses? A reply to Eric Posner

December 23, 2014
By: Beth A. Simmons
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Eric Posner argues that the proliferation of human rights norms is essentially useless, but his argument ...

The twilight of human rights law

November 25, 2014
By: Eric Posner
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The international human rights regime is too expansive in scope and feeble in enforcement to have any ...

Yes, economic and social rights really are human rights

August 8, 2014
By: Stanley Ibe

The argument that socio-economic rights are not “real” human rights is far too simplistic. While the ...

Does social justice work against human rights?

June 5, 2014
By: Pedro R. Pizano

Social and economic rights are laudable goals, but qualifying them as “rights” may actually do more ...

Can we decolonise human rights?

August 21, 2013
By: José-Manuel Barreto

"Who defines the concept of human rights?" Stephen Hopgood asks. The answer will come from a new North-South ...

Misunderstanding the mass politics of the rights mission

August 14, 2013
By: Jack Snyder

The problem with Aryeh Neier’s argument is that, historically, there has been no way to separate efforts ...

It begins and ends with power

August 6, 2013
By: Stephen Hopgood

The author acknowledges his supporters, but he answers his critics. It is political leverage, not human ...

Against reductionist views of human rights

July 30, 2013
By: César Rodríguez-Garavito

César Rodríguez-Garavito responds to Stephen Hopgood and Aryeh Neier, criticising both sides of the ...

Human rights are also about social justice

July 25, 2013
By: Margot Salomon

Drawing on the central practices and aims of a traditional human rights organization as described by ...

Misunderstanding our mission

July 23, 2013
By: Aryeh Neier

The founder of Human Rights Watch tells Stephen Hopgood and James Ron that this organisation is globalizing ...

Human rights and social justice: the in(di)visible link

July 3, 2013
By: Ignacio Saiz & Alicia Ely Yamin

The distinction that Aryeh Neier draws between human rights and social justice is premised on a limited ...

New powers won’t play by old rules

June 24, 2013
By: David Petrasek

Expecting new global powers to promote human rights abroad via the United Nations assumes that they ...

Encouraging stronger engagement by emerging powers on human rights

June 20, 2013
By: Kenneth Roth & Peggy Hicks
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Resentment of the west is making emerging powers hold back when they could be using their strengths ...

Human rights in the vernacular

June 19, 2013
By: Jack Snyder
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The road to greater ownership of human rights by emerging powers is a bumpy one. But it will lead to ...

Human rights: past their sell-by date

June 18, 2013
By: Stephen Hopgood
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It is activists, not states who will make a difference in future. But western-led rights organizations ...

The struggle for a truly grassroots human rights movement

June 18, 2013
By: James Ron & David Crow & Shannon Golden
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Using cutting-edge human rights perception polls, the authors explore links between social class and ...

Challenges and opportunities in a changing world

June 17, 2013
By: Salil Shetty
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Emerging powers are starting to wield some clout on global rights but they need to do much more says ...