William Schabas

in Unimaginable Atrocities

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653072
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739361 | DOI:

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There is, to be sure, no suggestion that human rights law is in some sense opposed to peace. Yet the growth in two fields that are closely related to human rights law, namely international humanitarian law and international criminal law, may have helped push the issue of peace to the periphery. The right to peace, whether presented as a peoples' right or a human right, has a legitimate position within the overall framework, even if its role today is best described as underdeveloped or latent. The notion of a right to peace provides a unifying principle that assists in bringing human rights law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law closer together. The right to peace very usefully puts other rights into perspective. Similarly, it rounds off the corners of international humanitarian law, so that a body of norms that sometimes looks like rules to govern killing and destruction takes on a more antiwar dimension.

Keywords: international criminal law; human rights law; international humanitarian law; criminality; killing

Chapter.  10746 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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