Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post-Cold War Era

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V. Conclusion

International human rights law has come of age at a time when it can perform an invaluable service to the international community. If, as we contend, the major challenges to human rights result from the failure of the state to fulfill its role as guarantor of human rights, the body of norms and procedures built up over the last forty-five years offers both a basis on which the legitimacy of governments can be challenged and guidance for governments willing to respect them, including by undertaking major reforms where necessary. The recent experience of the former Soviet Union certainly lends support to this dual function of international human rights law.

The larger historical question is whether we are moving toward a world constitutive system in which international human rights law embodies genuinely shared values. Is international human rights law a precursor of an emerging body of international law based on human values and needs rather than state sovereignty? We believe that, however contradictory it may appear, international law, established four hundred years ago as a system of norms governing the behavior of sovereign rulers, has emerged, on the eve of the twenty-first century, as a factor promoting human values and interests. International human rights law is a privileged vehicle of that transformation of international law.

The International Bill of Human Rights and the regional conventions, with the implementation procedures that have evolved in the U.N. and regional organizations, certainly helped bring about the radical transformations in Central America, Southern Africa and Central and Eastern Europe over the last half-dozen years. It would be hazardous to recommence the codification of this branch of international law. Nevertheless, recent normative and institutional developments have moved international human rights law beyond the International Bill of Human Rights and make it even more urgent to identify the new modes of international cooperation that can make this body of international law adequate to the challenges of the twenty-first century.


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Evidence of this status can be found, inter alia, in the trend among authors to devote a chapter to human rights in manuals of public international law or entire course books to the subject; the numerous courses on the subject at the Hague Academy of International Law; and the emergence of specialized law journals and institutes of teaching and research.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes xx
  • Acknowledgments xxiii
  • About the Editors and Contributors xxv
  • 1 - The Role of International Law In the Contemporary World 1
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - Consent and the Creation Of International Law 23
  • Notes 53
  • 3 - Participants in International Legal Relations 61
  • Notes 82
  • 4 - Legal Regulation of the Use of Force 93
  • Notes 134
  • 5 - International Cooperation Against Terrorism 141
  • Notes 158
  • 6 - Stability in the Law of the Sea 165
  • Notes 183
  • 7 - Enviornmental Law 193
  • Notes 217
  • 8 - Tensions in the Development Of the Law of Outer Space 225
  • Notes 257
  • 9 - International Human Rights 275
  • Notes 299
  • 10 - Peaceful Settlement of Disputes Through the Rule of Law 309
  • Notes 332
  • About the Book 335
  • Index 337
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