The Impact of Human Rights Law on General International Law

M.T. Kamminga (Editor), M. Scheinin (Editor)

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Traditional international law aims to protect the values and interests of states. The rapidly increasing corpus of international human rights law (including international humanitarian law and international criminal law) increasingly challenges the basic tenets of general international law. In order to become accepted as the law of the world community, general international law needs to reflect better the values and interests of a wider range of actors, including the individual. This book examines the impact of international human rights law on general international law. It considers areas including the structure of international obligations, the formation of customary international law, treaty law, immunities, state responsibility, and diplomatic protection. The book traces the extent to which concepts emanating from international human rights law are being incorporated by the guardians of traditional international law: the international court of justice and the international law commission.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages258
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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