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Human Rights Pitted Against Man
International Journal of Human Rights (2008)
  • Jakob Cornides
On the basis of two examples (Opinion 4.2005 of the EU Network independent experts in fundamental rights on the right to conscientious objection and the conclusion by EU Member States of Concordats with the Holy See, and the ECHR Decision in the case of Tysiąc v. Poland), this article expresses the author's concern over the increasing estrangement between a new voluntaristic doctrine of human rights and the most basic precepts of ethical reason. This novel doctrine is not based on the concept of an objective and inalienable natural law, but on the radical ideology of certain NGOs and international bureaucracies, which pretend having authority to 'make' new human rights, thereby assuming the role of supreme global law-makers. This power shift to the unelected, if not halted, could seriously damage or even destroy the credibility the concept of human rights is enjoying worldwide.
Publication Date
January, 2008
Citation Information
Jakob Cornides. "Human Rights Pitted Against Man" The International Journal of Human Rights 12.1 (2008): 107-134. Available at: