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Introduction: Rights for All?

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This introductory chapter of the book Conundrums of Humanity: The Quest for Global Justice looks at underlying trends that if left un-doctored can lead to political, social, economic and environmental stress that in the end erupts into murderous violence or serious famine. Governments, however, working under severe budgetary constraints, are loath to look far ahead. The development of international law offers the world its best choice of avoiding war. Many regional institutions which are already existing practice international law, albeit on a more localised basis, such as the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The World Bank has its own legal tribunal for arbitrating investment disputes. The strength of civil society can be reinforced at both the national and the international level by clearly defined commitments to human rights, democracy, anti-corruption, sovereignty and self-determination.

Keywords: civil society; European Court of Human Rights; European Court of Justice; global justice; international law



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