This challenging volume gathers a selection of the mass of material available from the major human rights instruments, from first drafts, legislative histories, and contemporary commentaries, from more recent scholarship as well as from the General Comments and Concluding Observations and Recommendations of the various treaty monitoring bodies relating to the topic of the unborn child. Contemporary reinterpretations of these documents are held up to the searchlight of historical context, including a reminder of the original purpose and meaning and the philosophical foundation of modern international human rights law.
Rita Joseph is an Australian writer, lecturer and human rights advocate, specialising in philosophy of the language of human rights. As an adviser to various delegations, she has extensive experience in negotiating the texts of numerous United Nations rights documents.
All those interested in the drafting history of human rights, international law, abortion law and medical ethics—lawyers, doctors, policy makers, students and all those engaged in human rights advocacy.