Customary law and human rights

Authored by: Evadné Grant

Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620734
eBook ISBN: 9780203481417
Adobe ISBN: 9781135055943

10.4324/9780203481417.ch18

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Abstract

Few would disagree with the view that human rights discourse has become the dominant ethical language of our time. 1 1

U. Baxi, The Future of Human Rights (OUP, 2002) 1.

This discourse presupposes universal applicability of human rights norms, described in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a ‘common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations’. But, in a world characterised by diversity, where people live in very different societies and cultures, the assertion of universality has given rise to a great deal of controversy.

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