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The location of international practices: what is human rights practice?

Karp, D. J. (2013) The location of international practices: what is human rights practice? Review of International Studies, 39 (4). pp. 969-992. ISSN 0260-2105 (doi:10.1017/S0260210512000332)

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Abstract

This article opens up space to challenge state-centrism about human rights practice. To do so, it presents and critically assesses four methods that can be used to determine who and/or what counts as a part of any international practice: the agreement method, which locates a practice by referring to speech acts that define it; the contextual method, which locates a practice by referring to the actions, meanings, and intentions of practitioners; the value method, which locates a practice by identifying a value or principle that the practice reflects or instantiates; and the purpose method, which locates a practice by constructing an account of the sociopolitical reason(s) for a practice's existence. The purpose method, based on an interpretation of Rawls' constructivism, is developed, in a way that focuses on practitioners' judgement-based reasons to assign responsibility for human rights to any state or non-state actor.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karp, Dr David Jason
Authors: Karp, D. J.
Subjects:J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Review of International Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0260-2105
ISSN (Online):1469-9044
Published Online:11 December 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 British International Studies Association
First Published:First published in Review of International Studies 39(4):969-992
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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