25 Hum. Rts. Q. 281 (2003)
This article explores the historical roots of the Latin American region's strong commitment to the idea of universal human rights, focusing on four key intellectual moments: the ethical response to the Spanish conquest; the rights ideology of the continent's liberal republican revolutions; the articulation of social and economic rights in the Mexican Constitution of 1917; and the Latin American contributions to the genesis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Constructing a narrative from these examples, the article argues for the recognition of a distinct Latin American tradition within the global discourse of human rights.
Carozza, Paolo G., "From Conquest to Constitutions: Retrieving a Latin American Tradition of the Idea of Human Rights" (2003). Journal Articles. 581.