The Globalization of Human Rights addresses a set of questions focusing on the imperatives of justice at the national, regional, and international levels. The examination of these imperatives of justice is conducted through an analysis of rights, both civil and political, and economic and social.
Any search for justice is based upon identifying values, including relationships with others, that are viewed as so critical to the well-being of humanity and the character of being human that they are eventually institutionalized as rights. Such rights become the basis upon which claims are made, as well as the horizon of justice to which society and institutions try to conform.
The international community has embarked on an unprecedented effort to map out the requirements of justice for all mankind, providing normative guidelines as well as goals. The core of this effort has been to reach a more ethical understanding and arrangement of relations between individuals and the institutions governing them. The end of the Cold War and the normative and political changes that have ensued at the international level in recent years have reinvigorated the critical importance of this effort and the discussion to which this volume makes an important contribution.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is a Senior Academic Officer of the Peace and Governance Program, at the United Nations University, Tokyo. Michael W. Doyle is a special advisor to the executive office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations, New York. Anne-Marie Gardner is a Ph.D. student in the Politics Department of Princeton University.