Normative Relations between Human Rights Instruments

Theodor Meron

in Human Rights Law-Making in the United Nations

Published in print December 1986 | ISBN: 9780198255499
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681608 | DOI:
Normative Relations between Human Rights Instruments

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This chapter focuses on the problem of supervision. Human rights instruments are elaborated and adopted by many international organizations. The dispersal of law-making activities gives rise to instruments which may be inconsistent or mutually incompatible, which might overlap, or which may fail to address subjects that merit regulation. In the situation prevailing in the field of law-making coordination, one may agree with the notion of inevitable conflicts among instruments adopted by different and autonomous organizations. Conflicts also arise among instruments adopted within the same organization, and even among various provisions of the same instrument. Such conflicts result from the failure to introduce effective and well coordinated law-making techniques in the organization — conflicts which can be remedied. The development of an integrated and rational system of international instruments governing human rights is discussed.

Keywords: human rights instruments; normative relations; law-making; human rights; supervision

Chapter.  33300 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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