Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States

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Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States

By Michael J. Perry

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In the period since the end of the Second World War, there has emerged what never before existed: a truly global morality. Some of that morality - the morality of human rights - has become entrenched in the constitutional law of the United States. This book explicates the morality of human rights and elaborates three internationally recognized human rights that are embedded in US constitutional law: the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment; the right to moral equality; and the right to religious and moral freedom. The implications of one or more of these rights for three great constitutional controversies - capital punishment, same-sex marriage and abortion - are discussed in-depth. Along the way, Michael J. Perry addresses the question of the proper role of the Supreme Court of the United States in adjudicating these controversies.

Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 7/8/13
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1107289882
ISBN 13: 9781107289888
Print ISBN: 9781107038363

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