Globalization and human rights

Communication: Reflections on Niklas Luhmann's Social Systems Theory

Notes on Paul H. Brietzke (2004). GLOBALIZATION, NATIONALISM, & HUMAN RIGHTS. Florida Journal of International Law.

Globalization and human rights reflect ever more fully elaborated bodies of culture and law, bodies which contradict traditional notions of a state sovereignty. Nationalism, on the other hand, pursues sovereignty for particular groups through locally-compelling cultures, linked to a sketchy and rather incoherent international law of self-determination.’ Together, these bodies of law and culture illustrate many of the diverse features of the international arena, and many of the problems and prospects of global development. With the exception of dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization, institutions that try to interpret, apply, and enforce these bodies of international law are rudimentary. These bodies of international law have founding documents but no governing constitutions. A useful analogy would be an attempt to govern the United States on the basis of the Declaration of Independence rather than the U.S…

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