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The Indeterminacy Of Human Rights

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It is a matter of acute intellectual irony that, in spite of the widespread endorsement of the idea of human rights in the social and political consciousness of modern society, there is no consensus on the nature and character of its most successful rendition in the form of international human rights law. This chapter takes a closer look at the imprecision and uncertainty - the so-called 'indeterminacy' - of the nature and scope international human rights, oft en spoken about by scholars but rarely explored in detail. In addition, the chapter analyses the previous scholarly efforts to highlight and resolve this issue. In international law, the uncertainty and imprecision concerning the nature of human rights is a fairly specifi c matter of legal inquiry; one that may well raise diff erent issues from those known to the mainstream generally.

Keywords: Human rights; Indeterminacy; International Law; modern society



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