Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law

A Critical Legal Argument

Matthew McManus

Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law

Matthew McManus

Distributed for University of Wales Press

272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781786834645 Published January 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

In recent years, there has been an explosion of writing on the topic of human dignity across a plethora of different academic disciplines. Despite this explosion of interest, there is one group – critical legal scholars – that has devoted little if any attention to human dignity. This book argues that these scholars should attend to human dignity, a concept rich enough to support a whole range of progressive ambitions, particularly in the field of international law.

Contents
Acknowledgements 1. Overview of the Project PART I: Theorizing the relationship between human dignity and international human rights law 2. Dignity’s Contentious History 3. A Critical Legal Conception of Human Dignity 4. The State, International Human
Review Quotes
Kathleen Cavanaugh, National University of Ireland (Galway)
 "In this challenging and original work, Matthew McManus explores the unrealized potential of dignity. In pushing back on critical legal traditions where law serves as a tool of the oppressor, McManus endeavors to reimagine law as emancipatory and transformative. He reorients the international human rights project and demonstrates “how it could be used to establish a world in which human dignity was more broadly respected”. At a time of social anxiety and global uncertainty, Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law is a welcome contribution to the field."
Trevor Purvis, Carleton University
"At a time when much of the post-war human rights project seems to be foundering on so many fronts, Matthew McManus offers us a timely and bold recasting of that project. Both analytically sophisticated and profoundly readable, this book makes a forceful case for placing a retooled concept of human dignity at the very heart of international human rights. It is an important and timely intervention that marks an original and compelling contribution to critical legal scholarship. It deserves to be widely read."
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