Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2006

Department

Political Science

Department

Contemporary Studies

Abstract

This article seeks to advance thinking about contextual theories of justice as found in Carens’ Culture, Citizenship, and Community and Parekh’s Rethinking Multiculturalism by considering the suggestion that such theories would be enhanced by the incorporation of an element of international adjudication. It explores possible advantages and disadvantages of this proposal both theoretically and by reflecting on Canadian experience with the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in its Lovelace, Ballantyne and Waldman views. The article concludes that international adjudication would enhance contextual theories of justice if it incorporated key elements of the HRC’s individual communication procedure, including the non-binding nature of its decisions.

Comments

This article was originally published in Canadian Journal of Political Science, 39(2): 271-291. © 2006 Cambridge University Press

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