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Dialogues on Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

  • René Provost
  • Colleen Sheppard


  • First volume to bring together authors with established track records in legal pluralism and human rights

  • Explores ways in which legal pluralism and human rights can mutually reinforcing, de-legitimizing, or competing

  • Opens conceptual avenues that are likely to be mined for years?


Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. René Provost, Colleen Sheppard
    Pages 1-11
  3. Universality and Plurality: Foundational Claims

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Roderick A. Macdonald
      Pages 15-36
  4. Human Rights Values and Multiple Legal Orders: Connections and Contradictions

  5. Communities, Human Rights and Local Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Val Napoleon
      Pages 229-245
    3. Angela Campbell
      Pages 247-267
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-287

About this book


Human rights have transformed the way in which we conceive the place of the individual within the community and in relation to the state in a vast array of disciplines, including law, philosophy, politics, sociology, geography. The published output on human rights over the last five decades has been enormous, but has remained tightly bound to a notion of human rights as dialectically linking the individual and the state. Because of human rights’ focus on the state and its actions, they have very seldom attracted the attention of legal pluralists. Indeed, some may have viewed the two as simply incompatible or relating to wholly distinct phenomena. This collection of essays is the first to bring together authors with established track records in the fields of legal pluralism and human rights, to explore the ways in which these concepts can be mutually reinforcing, delegitimizing, or competing. The essays reveal that there is no facile conclusion to reach but that the question opens avenues which are likely to be mined for years to come by those interested in how human rights can affect the behaviour of individuals and institutions.


Communities and Local Practice Diversity and Human Rights Fragmentation of International Human Rights Discourse Human Rights Through Legal Pluralism Human Rights Values Human Rights and Legal Pluralism Human Rights and Local Practices Iinsitutional Legal Orders Indigenous Legal Orders International Human Rights and Legal Pluralism International Law and Human Rights Labour Law and Legal Pluralism Legal Pluralism and Human Dignity Pluralistic Human Rights Reconceptualizing Social and Economic Rights Transnational Human Rights Universal Human Wrongs

Editors and affiliations

  • René Provost
    • 1
  • Colleen Sheppard
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. Law, Centre for Human Rights &McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2., Faculty of LawMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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