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This book assesses the legal nature of international human rights principles and standards. It is easy and perhaps understandable to assume that international human rights are a matter of law for the simple reason of their association with international law. Such a conclusion does indeed have merit but from another perspective, it rather simplifi es some of the complexities of the international law environment, where politics plays a much larger role than in a domestic law context. It is true that the idea of human rights has had its most tangible impact through international law, in terms of the internationalisation of national constitutional values as well as the gradual humanisation of international law itself. These and other events have come to provide normative and practical inspiration and direction for national legal systems, in matters concerning human rights.

Keywords: constitutional values; domestic law; international human rights; international law; national legal systems



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