Reservations to Human Rights Treaties: Not an Absolute Evil…

Alain Pellet and Daniel Müller

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI:
Reservations to Human Rights Treaties: Not an Absolute Evil…

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This chapter on reservations to human rights has its place in a volume devoted to the evolution of international law from bilateralism to community interest. It could even be said that it is at the very heart of the dialectic called by these two trends: on the one hand, reservations, in a way, ‘bilateralize’ the relations between the parties to multilateral treaties while, at the same time, facilitating a wider acceptance of the core elements of the treaties in question and, therefore, strengthening the global community interest. This dialectic is vividly present with regard to human rights treaties even though, according to a dominant view among human rights activists, reservations to those treaties are seen as an absolute evil. They are not.

Keywords: human rights; international law; human rights treaties; multilateral treaties

Chapter.  17322 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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