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Human Rights And Foreign Policy In Developing Countries: Reflections On The IBA's Work In Swaziland And Afghanistan

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This chapter discusses about an issue that arises when we talk about human rights and foreign policy is the impact a government or an agency like the International Bar Association (IBA) has when it goes into a country with a human rights brief, and the extent to which foreign policy impacting on human rights is seen as being something foreign in that country. The legal system in Swaziland is a Roman Dutch system, but essentially a common law system overlaid with customary law. The legal system in Afghanistan is a civil law system, basically a mishmash as a result of its chequered history, together with Sharia law and customary law.

Keywords: Afghan law; customary law; foreign policy; human rights; International Bar Association (IBA); Sharia law; Swaziland constitution



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