Article by Article
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights for a New Generation
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
280 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780812225037
- Published: December 2021
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is one of the most important and debated sociopolitical documents of the twentieth century. A leading authority on the UDHR, Johannes Morsink is the author of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting, and Intent (2000) and Inherent Human Rights: Philosophical Roots of the Universal Declaration (2009). With this new book, Morsink has now written a volume for a new generation of human rights students and activists, one that presents an article-by-article account of the formulation of each article in the UDHR. The author comments perceptively on how they have been argued, argued over, and used in a wide range of political discourses. Comprised of short essays on each of the Declaration's thirty articles, this book constitutes the most accessible and comprehensive approach to this document and explicates the UDHR's continued relevance in contemporary times.
Throughout the book, Morsink explains how this 1948 iconic text can help us in the twenty-first century. He shows us the high moral ground we need to fight evils perpetuated during and after World War II that now present themselves in new garb and does so in a clear and concise manner.
"Morsink, the leading international authority on the drafting of the Universal Declaration, has produced a fine companion to his authoritative book, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting and Intention. The article-by-article coverage provides penetrating and often novel insights into the most important document in the global human rights regime, presented in lively prose and with an eye to the contemporary significance of this historic document."—Jack Donnelly, author of International Human Rights and Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice