International Rights and Responsibilities for the Future


Underpinning contemporary political debates and organizational restructuring is a serious rethinking of rights and responsibilities in the roles of governments, communities, companies, and individuals in a civil society. International Rights and Responsibilities for the Future provides a foundation for these debates by focusing on the need to reintegrate rights and responsibilities with contributions by authorities engaged in the process. A wide range of notable figures weigh in on the subject: Audrey R. Chapman argues for a revisioning of human rights as an instrument through which interrelated persons shape and reshape a social covenant defining reciprocal rights and responsibilities. Philippa Strum contends that the idea of individual responsibility to the community is central to rights and contract theory, as articulated in the Western tradition. Amitai Etzioni presents the communitarian view of "too many rights, too few responsibilities." And David Boaz gives the libertarian view that onefundamental right is the right to live your life as you choose so long as you don't infringe on the equal rights of others. Particular attention is given to the arguments for a new international bill of rights and the issues of peace and security, information and knowledge technologies, the "Global Society" and knowledge-based development, criminal justice, human rights education, and sustainable development.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Audrey R. Chapman
  • Philippa Strum
  • Amitai Etzioni
  • David D. Boaz
  • Peter Juviler
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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