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Law, Morality, and Culture in <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

Law, Morality, and Culture in Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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I distinctly remember meeting Clifford Bob three years ago at an International Studies Association conference, and learning about the fascinating ways in which Catalan nationalists employed animal rights to advance their causes. I am happy to see the broader project published in his excellent new book, Rights as Weapons.

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Ends and Means: A Response to <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

Ends and Means: A Response to Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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In Clifford Bob’s latest book, Rights as Weapons, he argues that rights are not political ends in themselves but are rather an effective means by which to win political conflicts. To make this argument, Bob sets aside the moral and ethical aspects of rights and instead focuses on their political components, providing a “systematic account” for the mechanism of political usages of rights.

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Sources of Firepower for Weaponized Rights

Sources of Firepower for Weaponized Rights

| November 2019
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“Rights” are often portrayed as things that are universal, apolitical, inherent, or natural, and as ends in themselves. But what if “rights” are mere rhetoric, a mobilizing device that can be used in service of any political aim, however liberal or illiberal it may be?

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Ruling by Rights: Rule Making and Embedded Normativity

Ruling by Rights: Rule Making and Embedded Normativity

| November 2019
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Clifford Bob’s Rights as Weapons offers a gripping description of the manifold ways people use rights-claims to attain strategic goals. In addition to using rights-claims to expand freedom and prosperity, Bob demonstrates they can also be deployed as “camouflage” or “dynamite,” in the service of narrow interests or to play groups against one another.

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A Conversation about the Politics of Rights within <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

A Conversation about the Politics of Rights within Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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Clifford Bob’s book Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power builds a powerful argument that rights can be weapons of political conflict. Instead of taking rights as inherently human, universal, absolute, and apolitical, Bob invites us to consider how activists leverage the rhetorical power of these oft-assumed attributes to mobilize constituencies and deploy and counter rights claims in the pursuit of political goals.

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Sri Lanka 2.0: Independent Inquiry Shows UN “Systemic Failure” in Myanmar

Sri Lanka 2.0: Independent Inquiry Shows UN “Systemic Failure” in Myanmar

| July 2019
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A recent independent inquiry into the involvement of the UN in Myanmar from 2010 to 2018 assigns collective responsibility for the atrocities committed during the 2017 Rohingya crisis to both the UN civil service and UN member states.

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Tackling Climate Change: Why Us Now?

Tackling Climate Change: Why Us Now?

| February 2019
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Professor Henry Shue writes that we are the pivotal generation, and acting now is not only a matter of self-interest but also of our unique moral responsibility.

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After Katowice: Three Civil Society Strategies for Ratcheting Up Climate Ambition

After Katowice: Three Civil Society Strategies for Ratcheting Up Climate Ambition

| January 2019
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The recent climate conference in Katowice, Poland was a milestone for the Paris Agreement, and it points to the role NGOs can play in encouraging states to ratchet up climate ambition.

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