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The impact of an international legal instrument can be measured by two elements: one is its universality, i.e. the degree to which it is accepted by a large number of States and by world public opinion as a whole. The second factor is the readiness of States that have ratified a particular convention, or acceded to it, to implement its provisions, incorporating them when necessary into their domestic legislation, according to its system of law. The question of minorities, migrant workers and measures to be taken for the purpose of guaranteeing certain groups full and equal enjoyment of fundamental rights are also an indication of the impact of the Convention upon the international community. This chapter summarizes legislative and other measures taken by many States Parties in order to adjust their legal systems to the requirements of the Convention.

Keywords: Convention; fundamental rights; international legal instrument; State parties; universality



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