Concluding Remarks

Theodor Meron

in Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms as Customary Law

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198257455
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681769 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Concluding Remarks

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Many human rights and humanitarian norms have already evolved into customary law. Many more norms will soon be recognized as customary law, and thus acquire universality, binding even those states that are not parties to the treaties to implement those norms. There has been an extensive interpenetration between the law of human rights and that of state responsibility. Each of these bodies of law has deeply affected the other. States can and should take advantage of the already-existing institutions and of the emerging principles of state responsibility to address violations of human rights and humanitarian norms through diplomatic channels or before international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies. The states must recognize that compliance with the norms serves their own interests. Informed public opinion may even move states in this direction.

Keywords: customary law; human rights violation; humanitarian norms; state responsibility; judicial institution; diplomacy

Chapter.  970 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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