The practice and its authority: an elaboration

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A ‘practical’ theory of human rights should make sense of two claims: a ‘practice claim’–that international human rights can fruitfully be regarded as an existing social practice–and an ‘authority claim’–that participants in the practice have reasons to adhere to its norms. I elaborate both of these claims in this paper, taking into account important developments in the empirical study of international human rights in the last decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-28
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Authority
  • discourse
  • effectiveness
  • human rights
  • mobilization
  • practice
  • problem-solving
  • public doctrine


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