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The Protection of Human Rights under International Law

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This chapter begins with a brief description of the development and scope of obligations to ensure respect for human rights under international law. It addresses the sources of international legal obligation to ensure respect for human rights. A catalogue of international human rights standards that appear to bind all States is provided. International mechanisms designed to secure the enforcement of human rights standards are then examined. These international mechanisms are designed to operate in conjunction with municipal enforcement regimes. This chapter provides the foundation for the consideration of the interaction of human rights and trade norms and other rules and values. The three traditional sources of international legal obligations are: treaties; customary international law; and general principles of law. A comprehensive assessment of legality requires a careful consideration of the legal rules, procedures and institutions involved in the regulation of international trade.

Keywords: customary international law; general law principles; human rights; International law; municipal enforcement regimes; trade norms; treaties



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