Thursday, February 21, 2008

Human rights law

Learning international human rights law begins from learning about the core human rights treaties. These treaties are crucial because they provide the roadmap and structural basis for customary international law in this area. Then the next step is to read the case law of various international tribunals interpreting these treaties and how they relate to customary international law. And the case law is also interpreted by various international law scholars, publicists whose authoritative opinions make-up another major source of international law. The whole international law is a circle connecting treaties to practice, practice to case law, case law to scholarship and back to treaties... Of course, the whole circle is given light and energy by world politics.

For core international human rights treaties visit

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