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The Right to Exclude, Human Rights,and Political Facts

Henning Hahn
Published Online: 2016-09-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2015-0034


In this paper I will defend a limited right to exclusion. Legitimate states are entitled to refuse the entrance of unwanted immigrants, if necessary with force. However, I will also work out leverage points for a cosmopolitan critique of this view, one that starts with national borders as they are and constructs human rights conditionalities as they could be. In particular, I propose an immanent critique of Michael Blake’s jurisdictional theory of immigration. Blake gives a compelling argument that sovereign states have a prerogative to decide upon their own border policies, a prerogative that is only constrained by the international human rights regime. However, even if cosmopolitans accept this argument (which I think they should), they still have good reasons to expand the prevailing human rights regime in three respects: with regard to the classification of basic human rights, the domain of human rights obligations, and blind spots of the current human rights regime.

Keywords: Michael Blake; human rights; political feasibilities; right to exclude; migration ethics


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Published Online: 2016-09-24

Published in Print: 2016-11-01

Citation Information: Moral Philosophy and Politics, Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 247–267, ISSN (Online) 2194-5624, ISSN (Print) 2194-5616, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2015-0034.

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