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Summer 2014 (Issue 28.2)

Summer 2014 (Issue 28.2)

| June 2014
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This issue features essays by Roger Berkowitz on “Drones and the Question of ‘The Human'” and Alan Sussman on the philosophical foundations of human rights; a special centennial roundtable on “The Future of Human Rights” featuring Beth A. Simmons, Philip Alston, James W. Nickel, Jack Donnelly, and Andrew Gilmour; a review essay by Jens Bartelson on empire and sovereignty; and book reviews by Dale Jamieson, Tom Bailey, and Simon Cotton.

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Why Human Rights Are Called Human Rights

Why Human Rights Are Called Human Rights

| June 2014
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No one can engage in commerce when deprived of liberty or autonomy. No one can create or imagine or love when consumed by fear. We need human rights to permit ourselves the possibility of being human.

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Drones and the Question of “The Human”

Drones and the Question of “The Human”

| June 2014
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In our headlong embrace of drone technology, we are forgetting to ask two basic questions: What is a drone? And what does it mean that the once obvious boundary separating human and machine intelligence is being diminished?

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The Future of the Human Rights Movement

| June 2014
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More than twenty years have passed since the end of the cold war, and the time when people spoke in triumphal terms of the global success of Western values is now a fading memory. The modern human rights movement is at a critical juncture in its history.

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Against a World Court for Human Rights

| June 2014
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A World Court is not just an idea whose time has not yet come. The very idea fundamentally misconceives the nature of the challenges confronting an international community dedicated to eliminating major human rights violations

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What Future for Human Rights?

| June 2014
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The field of human rights covers many different beliefs, norms, institutions, and activities, and these may well have different futures. Some may flourish while others wither—along with the social movements that support them.

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State Sovereignty and International Human Rights

| June 2014
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An increasingly robust international politics of human rights will provide valuable support to domestic advocates, help to impede backsliding, and in at least a few cases decisively tip the balance in favor of human rights at moments of transition.

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The Future of Human Rights: A View from the United Nations

| June 2014
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It is with respect to human rights that the UN has experienced some of its greatest shortcomings. The new “Rights up Front” plan may help remedy that deficiency.

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