The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 353-371

First online:

Is Today's International Human Rights System a Global Governance Regime?

  • James W. NickelAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Colorado

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Enthusiasts of the idea of globalization often view international human rights institutions as part of an emerging global governance regime. They claim that these institutions illustrate how state sovereignty is being diminished. This paper looks at the international system for thepromotion and protection of human rights aspart of normative globalization. It arguesthat this system does not constitute a systemof global governance, although in some areas itcomes close.

global governance human rights human rights treaties human rights enforcement international law