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Humankind As A Subject Of International Law

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At the present stage of evolution of International Law, humankind is replacing States as a subject of International Law. The examination of humankind as a subject of International Law does not exhaust itself in the identification and assertion of its common and superior interests. The treatment dispensed to human beings, in any circumstances, ought to abide by the principle of humanity, which permeates the whole corpus juris of International Law in general, and International Humanitarian Law in particular, conventional as well as customary. The sense of humaneness and the concern with the needed respect for human dignity have thus marked their presence in the case law of contemporary international tribunals. Along the evolution of contemporary International Law, the international legal personality became no longer the monopoly of the States.

Keywords: humankind; International Humanitarian Law



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