The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

By Marco Duranti,

Book cover of The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention

Book description

The European Court of Human Rights has long held unparalleled sway over questions of human rights violations across continental Europe, Britain, and beyond. Both its supporters and detractors accept the common view that the European human rights system was originally devised as a means of containing communism and fascism after…

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2 authors picked The Conservative Human Rights Revolution as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Too often, books on human rights assume that human rights are natural or progressive. They seem unaware that around the world we cannot even agree on the fundamentals of life and death; think of abortion, women’s rights, homosexuality, and the death sentence. This is one of the few books that examine how human rights charters come about. 

In this case, the origins are not what we imagine them to be and should encourage us to question whether human rights are, in fact, universal. As the title hints, the origins of the European human rights charter were far from being as…

An outstanding book that reinterprets the origins of the European human rights system.

His compelling analysis is supported, as one would hope, with an impressive range of archival research. It will surprise the modern reader as it stands in stark reproach to the widespread understanding of the European political project and human rights system as constructed on a liberal-minded ethical foundation. A real delight.

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