Human rights, legitimacy and global governance

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In this contribution, I examine the relationship between the protection and promotion of human rights and the legitimacy of global governance institutions. In doing so, I sketch an account of legitimacy in critical dialogue with Buchanan and Keohane’s 2006 piece “The Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions”. These authors, I argue, make a number of illustrative errors in setting out their own conception of the legitimacy of global governance institutions, which leads them to an incoherent position that gives misstates the role that human rights can play. In response, I argue for a conception of legitimacy for governance beyond the state that takes permissible action as primary; and I propose a new account of the normative force of actual individual consent in helping to establish legitimacy and vindicate democratic values, examining the interplay between consent and human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Struggle for Human Rights
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in honour of Philip Alston
EditorsNehal Bhuta, Florian Hoffman, Sarah Knuckey, Frédéric Mégret, Margaret Satterthwaite
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198868064
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • legitimacy
  • authority
  • governance
  • consent
  • human rights
  • democracy
  • reasons


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