Social rights

Social rights

The term "social rights" is sometimes used to distinguished those rights arising from the social contract, akin to natural rights arising from nature, but before the establishment of legal rights by positive law. For example, James Madison explained that a right such as trial by jury arose not from nature or a constitution of government, but from the social compact. [Introduction of the Bill of Rights in congress, 1789 Jun 8, Jul 21, Aug 13, 18-19; Annals 1:424-50, 661-65, 707-17, 757-59, 766.]


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