1 Rights are rules that regulate social interaction by protecting a sphere of inviolability for the individual. Bills of rights either impose limits or provide guidance upon government action. They are speech acts operating in a precise social context (Austin; Derrida 47). Their perlocutionary effects depend on the context itself. Responding to concrete social and political needs, bills of rights explicitly protect rights that are considered important at various moments in history in various states. Some bills of rights are intended to pose limits to the power of...
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