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.
Paolo G. Carozza,
From Conquest to Constitutions: Retrieving a Latin American Tradition of the Idea of Human Rights,
25 Hum. Rts. Q. 281 (2003).
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