Human rights and the uses of history by samuel moyn offers a perceptive critique of human rights and how it may better serve as a tool of liberation professor moyn is a professor of law and history at yale university where his work on the history of human rights has gained praise and recognition. Human rights and the uses of history tackles contemporary dilemmas in foreign intervention war torture and international criminal law moyns task and title which he borrows from nietzsche refers to the idea that the uses and abuses of human rights history might meaningfully be distinguished. Moyn samuel human rights and the uses of history new york and london verso 2014. If there is a pressing reason to return to the history of human rights in the 1940s it is not because of their importance at the time the universal declaration was less the annunciation of a new
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