Introduction to human rights on the edge: The future of international human rights law and practice

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We convened a conference funded by the National Science Foundation at Arizona State University in April 2021. The 40 papers presented at the conference, a subset of which form this special issue, together demonstrated that, far from collapsing in the face of duress, law is a malleable tool that is deployed in novel ways to promote human rights. Collectively, the conference participants illustrated that the power of human rights lies not in their essentialized transcendence of time, culture, and context, but in their enduring promise that a more just world can emerge from sustained and creative struggle through, against, and at the margins of states, laws, and institutions. Ultimately, the key questions to emerge are not whether human rights law and practice will survive, but rather, what are the forces that continue to sustain, revitalize, and transform them? And what are human rights in the process of becoming?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-122
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Human Rights
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law


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