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Georg Sebastian Sommeregger - Abstract
Humans and their rights - strategies and politics of the human rights discourse
 


Human rights have become a commonplace of modern politics and law. International human rights law is founded upon the central value of the dignity of the individual and dedicated to the principle of universalism, i.e. the global validity of human rights norms. The debate as to the universal or culture-specific nature of human rights is not nearly finished: has international human rights law created a universally valid “measure of humanity” from which only “barbarians” deviate? To an increasing extent, the international relations discourse is operating with bipolar schemata such as good and evil, civilisation and barbarism. In the past ten years, there has been an increased number of so-called “humanitarian interventions” which, among other things, were driven by the will to put an end to “barbaric conditions” by intervening from outside. What seems unequivocal begins to blur at the intersections of law, morals and politics.