Human Rights: Concept and Context by Brian Orend. Broadview Press, pp., pb. US$ ISBN Michael Doe. Issued Date: 1. William Sweet, Ed., Philosophical Theory and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Reviewed Orend – – Philosophy in Review “Brian Orend provides us with a remarkably irenical analysis of the main concepts, debates and thinkers that have fleshed out the modern idea of human rights.

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What are human rights? What justifies us in believing we have them? What are rights-holders and duty-bearers? Who should bear the costs and responsibilities for making human rights real? Why have some criticized the human rights perspective?

And how can those supportive of human rights best respond? These and other conceptual issues are discussed in full in the first part of this book.

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The second part offers a detailed account of how the human rights idea came to be such a powerful force in the contemporary world; it traces the evolution of human rights from their origins to their present position in our daily lives, in political struggles, and in both national and international law. Brian Orend, a professor in the department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, is also the author of War and International Justice: Brutalities committed during these conflicts have sparked new interest in the ethics of war and peace.

Brian Orend explores the ethics of war and peace from a Kantian perspective, emphasizing human rights protection, the rule of international law and a fully global concept of justice. Along the way, he criticizes pacifism and realism, explores the nature of human rights protection during wartime, and defends a theory of just war.

He also looks ahead to future developments in global institutional reform using cases from the Persian Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia, and Rwanda to illustrate his argument. Controversial and timely, perhaps the most important contribution War and International Justice: A Kantian Perspective makes is with regard to the question of justice after war.

Orend offers a principled theory of war termination, making an urgent plea to reform current international law. Account Options Sign in. Concept and Context Brian Orend May 23, Flowing text, Original pages. Web, Tablet, Phone, eReader. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.


Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders. The Morality of War – Second Edition: The first edition of The Morality of War was one of the most widely-read and successful books ever written on the topic.

In this second edition, Brian Orend builds on the substantial strengths of the first, adding important new material on: Updated and streamlined throughout, the book offers new research tools and case studies, while keeping the winning blend of theory and history featured in the first edition.

A Very Short Introduction. Today it is usually not long before a problem gets expressed as a human rights issue. An appeal to human rights in the face of injustice can be a heartfelt and morally justified demand for some, while for others it remains merely an empty slogan.

Taking an international perspective and focusing on highly topical concdpt such as torture, arbitrary detention, privacy, health and discrimination, this Very Roend Introduction will help readers to understand for themselves the oorend and complexities behind this vitally relevant issue. Looking at the philosophical justification for rights, the historical origins of human rights and how they are formed in law, Andrew Clapham explains what our human rights actually are, what they might be, and where the human rights movement orrend heading.

The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. One in the series New Dialogues in Philosophy, Brian Orend has written an engaging dialogue from the perspectives of a critically injured soldier and his spouse on all questions related to the ethics of going to war and the ethics of fighting in war.

Readers learn of the major traditions of thinking about war, including realism, pacifism, just war theory, and international law.

Orend draws on a variety of references from the Civil War to the current war in Iraq to illustrate the moral dimension and ambiguity of war. Research Paper undergraduate from the year in the subject Politics – International Politics – Topic: Public International Law and Human Rights, grade: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has faced criticism from the world community for perceived human rights violations.


At the same time, the United States imports one million barrels of oil from the Kingdom every day, and provides protective and military services there. The current research focuses on conditions for women in Saudi Arabia as well as the importance of a working economic relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia and American public opinion on the topic.

Literature was collected to explore the topic of human rights- what they are and when people really have them.

Research was also studied about the circumstances that women in Saudi Arabia are subjected to daily and the effects that these circumstances have on women’s social capital and ability to flourish, especially in regard to education. A third factor considered when the literature was chosen was US-Saudi relations, with an emphasis on how much is at stake in the relationship, and how US interaction with Saudi Arabia might benefit those who traditionally suffer in the current ckncept of the Kingdom.

It was found that human rights may best be measured by their enjoyment, not through the traditional measurement of enacted laws and policies.

Studies conducted in Saudi Arabia show that women in that nation concepy not enjoy basic human rights as defined by contexf United Nations, as well as by rignts traditional American value system.

The studies reviewed also reveal that the US cutting ties with Saudi Arabia will be a difficult task at best, and may even be detrimental to the well-being of that nation’s marginalized groups. Further study is needed to determine if American public opinion points to a desire for the US to separate itself from Saudi Arabia due to differing policies regarding human rights.

The current research aimed to gauge American public opinion on US-Saudi relations to determine if there exists the desire to cut ties with Saudi Arabia on human rights grounds.

Human Rights: Concept and Context

War and International Justice: Can war ever be just? By what right do we charge people with war crimes? Can war itself be a crime? What is a good peace treaty?