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Human Rights Enforcement Towards a People- Centered Alternative? A Reaction to Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im

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Nicola Jägers

Chair of International Human Rights Law at Tilburg
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The lecture ‘The Spirit of Laws is not Universal: Alternatives to the Enforcement Paradigm for Human Rights’ by Professor Abdullahi An-Na’Im goes to the heart of the human rights predicament. An-Na’Im offers a profound critique of the inadequacy of the current treaty-based state-centric enforcement paradigm and suggest a people-centered alternative, to human rights protection. The alternative proposed remains rather indistinct and raises several questions addressed in this commentary. Human rights enforcement is a much more complex interplay of transnational legal processes than portrayed. It is argued that international human rights law is gradually evolving towards a more complex, multifarious landscape than that of the established, one-dimensional state-centered paradigm. Moreover, agreeing with the need for a paradigm shift away from the state as the conventional duty-bearer it is suggested that this should go beyond political power to include economic power.
How to Cite: Jägers N, ‘Human Rights Enforcement Towards a People- Centered Alternative? A Reaction to Professor Abdullahi An-na’im’ (2016) 21 Tilburg Law Review 275 DOI: http://doi.org/10.1163/22112596-02102009
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Published on 12 Oct 2016.
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