Cultural relativism vs universalism: the South Pacific reality

Corrin, Jennifer (2013). Cultural relativism vs universalism: the South Pacific reality. In Rainer Arnold (Ed.), The universalism of human rights (pp. 103-125) Dortrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-4510-0_6

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Author Corrin, Jennifer
Title of chapter Cultural relativism vs universalism: the South Pacific reality
Title of book The universalism of human rights
Place of Publication Dortrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-4510-0_6
Series Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice
ISBN 9789400745100
Editor Rainer Arnold
Volume number 16
Chapter number 6
Start page 103
End page 125
Total pages 23
Total chapters 24
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subjects B1
180106 Comparative Law
Abstract/Summary In many countries of the world international human rights texts explicitly or implicitly purport to be universal and to have binding effect. In the South Pacific, however, whilst many countries are signatories to human rights conventions, few have incorporated international conventions into domestic law. On the other hand, many regional countries, including Solomon Islands, have enshrined human rights in their constitutions and provided a mechanism for the enforcement of those rights. Protection is also provided by the common law. In spite of these formal laws, in reality there has been little tangible change. In particular, customary law has been relied on to subvert key human rights protections, particularly anti-discrimination norms. This Chapter looks at the question of whether human rights are universal and binding in the context of the South Pacific and more particularly with reference to Solomon Islands.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes The book is based on the national reports of 23 countries submitted to the XVIIIth International Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, held from July 25th to August 1st, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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