Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

United Nations: Rights and Duties

  • Matt Deaton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_706

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), passed by the general assembly of the UN in 1948, articulates asweeping range of protections and guarantees intended to establish and promote aminimally decent life for all human beings. As adeclaration, it is not legally binding, though there is ongoing debate over its status as international customary law. However, its influence on international politics and the global order has been profound, as it has inspired several conventions and ratified treaties, and continues to frame international deliberation on issues as diverse as intellectual property and torture. Acase can be made that any serious discussion concerning global justice must at some point delve into the UDHR. Thus, more deeply appreciating its philosophical grounding, implications, limits, and weaknesses is essential for anyone interested in the area.

Rights and Duties

Rights articulate protections and entitlements rightsholders enjoy, often implying corresponding duties...

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The author thanks David Reidy for many helpful suggestions on adraft of this entry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matt Deaton
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA