The location of international practices: what is human rights practice

Karp, David Jason (2013) The location of international practices: what is human rights practice. Review of International Studies, 39 (4). pp. 969-992. ISSN 1468-2486

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Abstract

This article opens up space to challenge state-centrism about human rights practice. To do so, it presents and critically assesses four methods that can be used to determine who and/or what counts as a part of any international practice: the agreement method, which
locates a practice by referring to speech acts that define it; the contextual method, which locates a practice by referring to the actions, meanings, and intentions of practitioners; the value method, which locates a practice by identifying a value or principle that the practice
reflects or instantiates; and the purpose method, which locates a practice by constructing an account of the sociopolitical reason(s) for a practice’s existence. The purpose method, based on an interpretation of Rawls’ constructivism, is developed, in a way that focuses on practitioners’ judgement-based reasons to assign responsibility for human rights to any state or non-state actor.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 13:26
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013 11:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45789
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