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Collective Security and Human Rights

Antonios Tzanakopoulos

in Hierarchy in International Law

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199647071
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647071.003.0003
Collective Security and Human Rights

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When the Security Council imposes binding obligations through decisions adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter it may impact on internationally protected human rights and the corresponding obligations of UN member states to respect these rights. Member states are then faced with potentially conflicting obligations. This chapter surveys the respective position of Security Council measures and human rights obligations in the (emergent) normative hierarchy of international law. It defines normative conflict and discusses state practice in order to establish whether Article 103 of the UN Charter is a conflict or a hierarchy rule and whether human rights obligations are subordinate to Security Council measures.

Keywords: norm conflict; apparent conflict; genuine conflict; normative hierarchy; human rights; Chapter VII; Article 103

Chapter.  17236 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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