Location of Repository

Non-Conforming Political Opinion and Human Rights: Transnational Protection Against Discrimination

By Myres S McDougal, Harold D Lasswell and Lung-chu Chen


In a world arena characterized by persisting expectations of violence and a concomitant trend toward politicization, there has been a deepening community concern for outlawing intolerance toward non-conformists. Expectations of violence and perception of crisis within a particular territorial community often lead to the mobilization of ,group defenses, with ruthless suppression of dissident views and discrimination against the holders of such views. The concern of the larger community both builds upon and expresses a more general norm of nondiscrimination which seeks to forbid all generic differentiations among human beings in the shaping and sharing of values for reasons irrelevant to individual capabilities and contribution. The particular norm against discrimination on the ground of nonconforming opinion finds expression in many authoritative communications, at both transnational and national levels, and, under appropriate conditions, could be made an important bulwark for the protection of political freedom

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1975
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:yjil-1007
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • http://digitalcommons.law.yale... (external link)
  • http://digitalcommons.law.yale... (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.