S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.40 No.1/2 (2011)
Law Meets Sociology in Human Rights
- Feyter, Koen De
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- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.40 No.1, pp. 45-68
- This paper discusses the merits of a multidisciplinary approach to human rights. Since 1945, the building of a global legal architecture, including norms and institutions at various levels of regulation, constituted tremendous progress for human rights. However, lack of compliance, individualization of human rights claims, and formality have made laws ineffective in protecting wider human population. Multidisciplinarity in human rights mainly emerged as a remedy of an exclusively legal approach. Being realistic and empirical, multidisciplinary efforts help expand the definition of human rights to increase its effectiveness for populations or cultures under threat as well as large groups of people.
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