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5] Rights Q & A

Practice Questions

1] Discuss the doctrine of ‘rights as trump’. [2019/15m/200w/4b]
2] What do you understand by three generations of human rights? [2018/20m/250w/3a]
3] Elucidate the concept of Liberty and Equality and examine the view that the two cannot be reconciled in modern state.
4] Discuss the evolution of the theories of human rights from natural rights to collective and environmental rights.
5] What do you mean by Rights differentiate Right from Power claims and entitlements. Explain the theory of Natural Rights and its limitations.
6] How is it possible for the idea of human rights to encompass both the values of cultural diversity and the imposition of universal standards?

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