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Oette, Lutz (2017) 'Document and Analyze: The Legacy of Klemperer, Fraenkel and Neumann for Contemporary Human Rights Engagement.' Human Rights Quarterly, 39 (4). pp. 832-859.

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Human rights discourse has been criticized for being legalistic, decontextualized, and failing to focus on factors explaining violations. Victor Klemperer’s diaries chronicled the life and suffering of a German Jew in Nazi Germany and the manipulation of language by a totalitarian regime. Ernst Fraenkel’s Dual State and Franz Neumann’s Behemoth set out theories offering profound insights into the legal and political nature of the Nazi system. Revisiting their work from a human rights perspective is richly rewarding, providing examples of engaged scholarship that combined documentation and critical analysis. Their writings hold important lessons for contemporary human rights engagement and its critics.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
School Research Centres > Centre for Human Rights Law
ISSN: 02750392
Copyright Statement: © 2017 John Hopkins University Press. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Human Rights Quarterly published by John Hopkins University Press:
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Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 13:32

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