Human Rights Horizons: The Pursuit of Justice in a Globalizing World

Human Rights Horizons: The Pursuit of Justice in a Globalizing World

Human Rights Horizons: The Pursuit of Justice in a Globalizing World

Human Rights Horizons: The Pursuit of Justice in a Globalizing World

Synopsis

In Human Rights Horizons , one of the world's foremost authorities on human rights and International Relations maps out the way to a more just and human global society. Thoughtful and very accessibly written, this book clearly presents a path to an original new humanitarian policy for the twenty first century.

Excerpt

Obstacles of an ideological and structural character complicate the pursuit of global justice during this early phase of globalization. At the same time, several developments associated with globalization are encouraging to those committed to the promotion of global justice. the most salient obstacles arise from the persisting fragmentation of the world in terms of sovereign territorial states, and the widespread acceptance of efficiency and competitiveness criteria as the basis for assessing economic performance. the most promising developments arise from the plausibility of conceiving the world as a unity and from the beginnings of a global civil society due to the efforts of transnational social forces.

This chapter is intended to clarify the character of both the obstacles and the opportunities currently facing proponents of global justice. Five dilemmas are identified in this discussion; these dilemmas arise from efforts to promote global justice within the nonideal conditions of the world as we find it. This chapter concludes with a consideration of ways in which the transformation of the character of world order could greatly enhance the realization of global justice with far fewer of the disappointments and debilitating compromises that characterize the present global setting.

Part of the undertaking of this book is to consider the contribution being made by international institutions, including the United Nations, with respect to global justice. the role of institutions is central to all aspects of this inquiry, but it is also ambiguous. International institutions definitely promote and consolidate the ends of global justice in various respects, but they are also vulnerable to manipulation and control by political forces that are responsible for some of the worst forms of injustice, including patterns

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