Is today's international human rights system a global governance regime?

James W. Nickel

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Enthusiasts of the idea of globalization often view international human rights institutions as part of an emerging global governance regime. They claim that these institutions illustrate how state sovereignty is being diminished. This paper looks at the international system for the promotion and protection of human rights as part of normative globalization. It argues that this system does not constitute a system of global governance, although in some areas it comes close.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-371
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002


  • Global governance
  • Human rights
  • Human rights enforcement
  • Human rights treaties
  • International law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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