The Universalism of Human Rights

  • Rainer Arnold

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Daria Trenina, Mark Entin
    Pages 175-187
  3. Ana Maria Guerra Martins, Miguel Prata Roque
    Pages 297-324
  4. Nóra Chronowski, Tímea Drinóczi, József Petrétei
    Pages 371-390
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 421-424

About this book


Is there universalism of human rights? If so, what are its scope and limits? This book is a doctrinal attempt to define universalism of human rights, as well as its scope and limits. The book presents tests of universalism on international, regional and national constitutional levels. It is maintained that universalism of human rights is both a ‘concept’ and a ‘normative reality’. The normative character of human rights is scrutinized through the study of international and regional agreements as well as national constitutions. As a consequence, limitations of normativity are identified, usually on the international level, and take the form of exceptions, reservations, and interpretations. 

The book is based on the General and National Reports which were originally presented at the 18th International Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Washington D.C. 2010.  


Constitutional Constitutional Rights ECHR European Convention of Human Rights Human Rights IACL International International Academy of Comparative Law International Treaties Limits of Universality Regional Universal Declaration of Human Rights Universality of Human Rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Arnold
    • 1
  1. 1., Faculty of LawUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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