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The Enforcement of the Right to Life

Elizabeth Wicks

in The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199547395
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547395.003.0003
The Enforcement of the Right to Life

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This chapter focuses upon the legal implementation of the right to life, within both domestic and international legal systems. It identifies the diverse range of circumstances which may give rise to a right to life claim and presents some of the difficulties faced by states and international organs in seeking to implement the right. This chapter addresses the crucial practical question of whether, and if so how, the right to life can be enforced in a world where the loss of life is so commonplace. It is recognized that the most effective means of protecting the right to life will be by means of domestic law, including by means of the core requirement of a criminal prohibition of killing. However, it is at a domestic level in which the threat to human life usually arises and so international oversight, by both legal and non-legal mechanisms, is essential.

Keywords: criminal law; international enforcement; human rights treaties

Chapter.  16600 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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