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Author replies to Rosemary Hollis's contention that the national interest argument cannot be taken too far in the pursuit and implementation of human rights. Author agrees with Rosemary Hollis and Frank Berman that the collective corpus of norms has to be established. The United Nations represents this collective approach to acceptable behaviour. The heart of our problems on human rights is twofold. One is bad action by those who have power or the use of force in their hands, and the second is the failure to establish a strong enough supranational or universal set of values and norms and standards and laws that take priority in political decision making. If we have globalisation, we have not yet got the instruments that deal with the consequences of globalisation. There is a requirement on people to respect the generally agreed norms and not take advantage of freedoms through criminal and violent action.

Keywords: Frank Berman; globalisation; human rights; legal instruments; national interest; Rosemary Hollis; United Nations



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