Human rights and the development of a twenty-first century peace architecture: unintended consequences?
The ‘long peace’ of the last twenty-five years has linked various forms of intervention—from development to peacebuilding and humanitarian intervention—with human rights. This ‘interventionary system/order’ model has premised its legitimate authority on expanded versions of human rights, connected to liberal frameworks of democracy, rule of law, and capitalism in order to connect peace more closely with justice. Human rights offer a tactical way forward for those interested in conflict resolution, but this has led to unintended consequences. Unless conceptions of rights are continually expanded as new power structures and inequalities are uncovered and challenged, philosophical and material matters of distributive and historical justice will remain.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Australian Journal of International Affairs on 16 December 2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10357718.2018.1557106.