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The Legal Premises for the International Protection of Human Rights

Chaloka Beyani

in The Reality of International Law

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683510 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268376.003.0002
The Legal Premises for the International Protection of Human Rights

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This chapter examines the underlying legal premises for the international protection of human rights. It analyses the interplay between treaties, customs, and the general principles of law with regard to international legal principles which underlie human-rights protection. It evaluates the impact of the opinions and decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the protection of human rights using a juridical approach. It concludes that the principles underlying the protection of human rights have a solid base in the system of international law, as evidenced by some of the decisions of the ICJ, and that economic and political trends which have an impact on human rights must be measured against these principles.

Keywords: human rights; international law; treaties; customs; ICJ; juridical approach

Chapter.  7042 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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