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Do We Need a World Court of Human Rights?

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A World Court of Human Rights as proposed by Nowak and Scheinin would be established by a separate treaty, and thus not require amendment of any existing human rights conventions. This chapter discusses to what extent a World Court would contribute to overcoming the present weaknesses of the supervisory system. It examines the relationship between a World Court, the regional human rights courts, the treaty mechanisms and the Human Rights Council. Such a Court may also raise questions of its legitimacy: should a World Court be allocated the powers to determine with binding effect the implementation of human rights conventions in the manifold political, economic and cultural conditions throughout the world? This leads up to the final question about the realism of the proposed World Court.

Keywords: regional human rights courts; World Court of Human Rights



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