Product description The Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, has come to stand for the rule of law, curbs on executive power and the freedom to enjoy basic liberties. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, it was heralded as 'a Magna Carta for all human kind'. Yet in the year in which this medieval Charterâs 800th anniversary is widely celebrated, the future of the UKâs commitment to international human rights standards is in doubt. Are âuniversal valuesâ commendable as a benchmark by which to judge the rest of the world, but unacceptable when applied âat homeâ? Francesca Klug takes us on a journey through time, exploring such topics as âBritish values,â ânatural rights,â âenlightenment valuesâ and âlegal rights,â to convey what is both distinctive and challenging about the ethic and practice of universal human rights. It is only through this prism, she argues, that the current debate on human rights protection in the UK can be understood. This book will be of interest to students of British Politics, Law, Human Rights and International Relations. Review 'If you read one book on rights this is it - a global citizen's guidebook to human rights, infused with the compassion and ethics which are the hallmark of Francesca Klug.' - Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 'Professor Francesca Klug, one of Britainâs most distinguished authorities, offers an intellectual and personal exploration of the Universal Declaration of 1948 and the very idea of human rights.' - Professor Philippe Sands, University College London 'This is an outstanding account of how, in a fast moving world, human rights have developed into ethical values for pluralist societies. It draws on history, politics and law with all the authority and insight of an insider who helped to shape recent stages of the journey in the UK.' Sir Keir Starmer QC I do not know of a better introduction to thinking about the fiÂeld, written with such a relevant purpose. The book is also very well written and eschews dry academic style in favour of the voice of passionate personal commitment but not at the loss of erudition or balance. There are not many good reads in our field; this is one. - Sir Nigel Rodney is Chair of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex About the Author Francesca Klug is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and has researched, written and lectured on human rights for 25 years. She is a former Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and advised on the model for incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights reflected in the UKâs Human Rights Act.