Human Rights Regimes in the Americas

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Human Rights Regimes in the Americas examines the complex role of human rights norms and standards in the region’s progression, illustrating the evolution and impact of international conventions, laws and institutions. The chapters combine historical detail with a focus on presentday challenges for the regional and domestic human rights regimes, highlighting particular obstacles, successful approaches and strategies. Taking the reader through cases in North, Central and South America, the volume provides a rich account of the evolving regional environment for rights protection and promotion, which will be of particular interest to scholars of politics, human rights and law, as well as policymakers and practitioners at all levels.



The Human Rights Regime in the Americas: Theory and reality

The idea of human rights has long been part of the political and social landscape in the Americas. The language of human rights has featured in the Americas since the sixteenth century, from the Thomist and Aristotelian accounts of the nature and origins of natural law, to the heated Salamanca and Valladolid debates over the rights of non-European peoples and the status of American Indians under natural law, to the “natural” rights invoked by European powers to legitimate their overseas empires.


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