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The Coming Good Society

Why New Realities Demand New Rights

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674977082

Publication Date: 06/09/2020


328 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


This enjoyable read examines how changing norms create opportunities to expand the scope of universal protections and rights.—Dov Greenbaum, Science

A good read, thoughtful and provocative. Schulz and Raman know their subject thoroughly and present complex material in comprehensible prose that inspires both reflection and action. Writing at a time when authoritarian leaders advanced a human rights counterrevolution, the authors persuasively contend in effect that the best defense must include a strong offense. Completed prior to the further human rights setbacks resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the work advocating new rights still merits serious consideration.—Howard Tolley, Jr., Human Rights Quarterly

Raises some very provocative questions… [A] trail-blazing map through the new frontiers of rights… At times…a downright riveting read.—Joann Mackenzie, Gloucester Times (Gloucester, MA)

In this essential work, Schulz and Raman explore what is needed to defend against the ever-present dangers to human rights. Perhaps just as importantly, they raise questions about what additional rights should be protected in our rapidly changing world. The Coming Good Society is an accessible primer for anyone who wishes to understand the current limitations in our notions of rights and the future challenges for which we must prepare.—Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

The international human rights regimen never stops growing both in importance and in breadth. What sounds far-fetched today becomes normative tomorrow. Schulz and Raman outline brilliantly where that growth may take rights in the generations to come. Whether you agree with them in every instance is less important than that you take their questions seriously. This book makes it impossible not to do that.—Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Schulz and Raman take readers on a thought-provoking journey into the future of human rights and explain why we should all care. They draw on their extensive experience and their research at Harvard University’s Carr Center to address questions as fundamental and wide-ranging as ‘Does living in a surveillance society require us to think of the right to privacy in new ways?’ and ‘If gender is non-binary, do we need new rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity?’ This book is essential reading for human rights experts and newcomers alike.—Darren Walker, President, The Ford Foundation

When Amnesty International was founded in 1961, some human rights, such as those of women and LGBTQI persons and persons with disabilities, were in their infancies, if they were acknowledged at all. Schulz and Raman ask the fascinating question, ‘What rights are on the horizon now, perhaps just barely showing their faces, that may be widely recognized in the next generation or more?’ Their cogent answers challenge all of us to think deeply about what kind of society we and our children and our children’s children will want to live in.—Margaret L. Huang, former Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

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