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Where Does the Critique of International Human Rights Stand? An Exploration in 18 Vignettes

  • Frédéric MégretEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter is an attempt to survey the broad field of critical approaches to international human rights law through a series of “vignettes” that give a sense of the diversity of the critique. Based on a stylized account of that critique’s many voices—epistemological, historical, ideological, pragmatic, etc.—it suggests that it has much to contribute to our understanding of a series of challenges that the discipline of international human rights often has a hard time tackling. The chapter finishes by outlining a few leads for what a sustained critical/constructive engagement with human rights could be, one that is neither utopian endorsement nor mere pragmatic detachment but based on a deliberate reactivation of the politics of human rights.

Keywords

Sexual Minority Critical Approach International Criminal Court Female Genital Mutilation Rome Statute 
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  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Canada Research Chair in the Law of Human Rights and Legal PluralismMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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