Social Theory and Practice 41 (3):403-434 (2015)

Anthony Reeves
State University of New York at Binghamton
The paper addresses the nature of duties grounded in human rights. Rather than being protections against harm, per se, I contend that human rights largely shield against risk impositions to protected interests. “Risk imposition” is a normative idea requiring explication, but understanding dutiful action in its terms enables human rights to provide prospective policy guidance, hold institutions accountable, operate in non-ideal circumstances, embody impartiality among persons, and define the moral status of agencies in international relations. Slightly differently, I indicate a general understanding of dutiful action that permits human rights to see to the tasks of an institutional morality.
Keywords human rights  risk  standard threats  state responsibility  standard of care  contractualism  Shue  duty
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ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract201541322
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