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The Culturalization of Human Rights Law

Federico Lenzerini


This book has the purpose of investigating the impact played by culture in the contemporary dynamics of human rights. It offers a reconceptualization of the debate of universalism vs. cultural relativism and explores how the affirmation of a culturally-driven approach has shaped the recent development of international human rights law. Today custodians of human rights, especially international monitoring bodies, try to advance the effectiveness of human rights standards by interpreting, adjudicating, and enforcing them through taking into due account the cultural specificities and needs of the ... More

Keywords: human rights, culture, Universalism, cultural Relativism, philosophy of human rights, cultural identity, Human Rights Committee, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, European Court of Human Rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federico Lenzerini, author
Professor of International and European Law, University of Siena