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Procedural Safeguards For The Defense In International Human Rights Law

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This chapter reviews in some depth the extensive body of international human rights law relating primarily to the right to counsel and other legal assistance in criminal proceedings. Sources include international treaties and standards, as well as the decisions of international treaty bodies and other international jurisprudence, which interpret those treaties and standards. At the global level, the chapter reviews the provisions and interpretation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and its interpretive body, the Human Rights Committee (HRC). It provides a framework for subsequent discussions of the rules and procedures relating to the defense function in international criminal proceedings. In addition, the chapter also gives a sense of the rich array of issues addressed in the international context, sometimes well beyond the level of detail at which such issues have been developed in domestic courts.

Keywords: Human Rights Committee (HRC); ICCPR; international human rights law



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