Contesting Human Rights
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Contesting Human Rights

Norms, Institutions and Practice

Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl

Illustrated with case studies from across the globe, Contesting Human Rights provides an innovative approach to human rights, and examines the barriers and changing pathways to the full realisation of these rights. Presenting a thorough proposal for the reframing of human rights, the volume suggests that new opportunities at, and below, the state level, and creative pathways of global governance can help reconstruct human rights in the face of modern challenges.
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Chapter 8: Human rights cities: making the global local

Michael Goodhart


This chapter analyzes human rights cities as sites or vehicles of change and innovation within the human rights regime and argues that human rights cities are transforming human rights practice and should transform our thinking about the human rights regime accordingly. Following a brief analytic overview of the phenomenon and a critique of the existing literature, the chapter discusses the implications for each of four areas of concentration with which we are collectively concerned: pathways of influence, social norms and responsibilities of human rights, regime development, and regime logic (contradictions). The chapter concludes by arguing that there is good reason to think seriously, based on the example of human rights cities, about how globalization from below, taking responsibility for rights, human rights pluralism, and the radical re-politicization of human rights raise important questions for the future of the international human rights regime.

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