Contracting Human Rights
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Contracting Human Rights

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl

By chronicling the continuing contest over the reach, range, and regime of rights, Contracting Human Rights analyzes the way forward in an era of many challenges. This multidisciplinary book contributes to building understanding of the maturation of human rights, from a dissident doctrine to a dynamic parameter of global governance and civil society. Through an examination of both global and local challenges to human rights, including loopholes, backlash, accountability, and new opportunities to move forward, this book analyzes trends across multiple-issue areas.
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Chapter 2: Contracting the refugee regime: the global citizenship gap

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Alison Brysk

Abstract

From the beginnings of the human rights regime, Hannah Arendt worried that the international regime could never fully meet the needs of non-citizens. With the highest number of refugees in world history, approaching 65 million, it appears that the citizenship gap continues to compromise the fundamental rights of the world’s neediest people despite decades of development of global governance. Even as new actors, claims, and mechanisms attend evermore to rights above and below the state, persons displaced across states remain the vast unfinished business of the human rights regime. Can new responsibilities be constructed to protect “people out of place” and close the citizenship gap?

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