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Denunciation of Human Rights Treaties and the Principle of Reciprocity

Eckart Klein

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0032
Denunciation of Human Rights Treaties and the Principle of Reciprocity

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It is generally agreed that human rights treaties have a special character distinguishing them from other treaties. The decisive difference is usually based on the argument that in the context of human rights treaties the principle of reciprocity is not working at all, or at least not in the same way as for other treaties, essentially influencing neither the establishment nor the performance of a human rights treaty. While the problem has been widely discussed under the aspects of reservations, succession, and reprisals, it has rarely been dealt with from the viewpoint of a unilateral termination by denunciation or withdrawal. This chapter focuses on this issue.

Keywords: human rights treaties; termination; denunciation; withdrawal

Chapter.  4943 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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