"What Donnelly does better than anyone else is to lay before the reader a coherent conceptual framework for an understanding of international human rights as an operative part of international life. . . .Part of what makes this book such a work of academic excellence is the extent to which each sentence imparts the sense of being carefully wrought and fully considered. It remains at the top of any bibliography of indispensable books dealing with human rights."—Richard Falk, Human Rights and Human Welfare (Vol.3, 2003)
"This wide-ranging book looks at all aspects of human rights, drawing upon political theory, sociology, and international relations as well as international law. . . . Donnelly deals successfully with two of the principal challenges to the notion of the universality of human rights: the argument that some non-Western societies are not subject to Western norms, and the claim that economic development may require the sacrifice of some human rights."—Foreign Affairs (reviewing the first edition)
About the Author
Jack Donnelly is Andrew Mellon Professor and John Evans Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His other books include International Human Rights and Realism in International Relations.