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The Developing Relationship between Law and Politics in the United Nations Human Rights Council

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The 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law explored the topic ?The Politics of International Law'. The organisers of the Annual Meeting posed certain questions about this relationship in the following terms: "Critics contend that international law is really the deployment of power politics, and that resolving disputes under the auspices of international law in a judicialized forum serves only to ?launder' the rule of the powerful. The establishment of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2006 and its activities in its first years give occasion for an analysis of the relationship between politics and the law in the human rights work of the United Nations. The United Nations General Assembly, in the preamble to its resolution establishing the Council, recognised "the importance of ensuring universality, objectivity and non-selectivity in the consideration of human rights issues, and the elimination of double standards and politicization".

Keywords: American Society; human rights issues; international Law; politics; United Nations General Assembly; United Nations Human Rights Council



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