Human Rights in a Pluralist World: Individuals and Collectivities

Human Rights in a Pluralist World: Individuals and Collectivities

Human Rights in a Pluralist World: Individuals and Collectivities

Human Rights in a Pluralist World: Individuals and Collectivities

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This book is based on two international conferences on human rights as individual rights and rights of collectivities such as states, peoples and minorities. A preparatory conference was convened by the Netherlands Commission for Unesco, with collaboration of the University of Limburg, in Maastricht, Netherlands, from 18 to 20 September 1987.

Taking into account the discussions held at this conference, a series of papers were written at the invitation of the Netherlands Commission for Unesco and distributed well in advance to the participants in the main conference, which the Commission organized in collaboration with the Roosevelt Study Center. The main conference took place at the Study Center in Middelburg, Netherlands, from 1 to 3 June 1988. This conference is to be regarded as a contribution to the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1988.

The Middelburg conference consisted largely of discussions on the basis of the papers that had been distributed beforehand. The present volume contains the text of these papers (with some editorial adjustments) as well as the text of some oral presentations made to the conference. It also contains summaries of the discussions which took place during the conference itself.

The two conferences were attended by experts representing various disciplines such as constitutional and international law, philosophy, sociology and political science as well as having practical experience in the domain of human rights. Owing to the lack of opportunities to provide translation facilities the conference was limited to English-speaking participants only.

The major objective of the conferences was to undertake a systematic analysis of the relationships between human rights as individual rights and as rights which are associated with collectivities, in order to increase our understanding of how these relationships are conceived of within different cultural . . .

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