Posts tagged ‘human rights’

Schwöbel on the Comfort of ICL

Christine Schwöbel’s ‘The Comfort of International Criminal Law’ appears in the latest issue of Law and Critique (July 2013, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 169-191): This paper examines the changing relationship between the disciplines of international criminal law (ICL) and international human rights law; I particularly focus on the associations of the former with comfort and the latter with discomfort. It appears that a shift may be taking place in that ICL is being refashioned from a field enforcing human rights law to one which has assumed an entirely independent status. Indeed, ICL appears to be crowding out international human rights law. The inquiry begins…

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Third World Approaches to International Law and the Ghosts of Apartheid

The recently published The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (David Keane and Yvonne McDermott, eds.) contains a chapter by CAICL Research Network member John Reynolds. The chapter, titled “Third World Approaches to International Law and the Ghosts of Apartheid”, argues that the concept and practice of apartheid was central to the post-war evolution of international law. This [chapter] glances back at the recent history of international law through the looking glass of apartheid, and argues for the continuing relevance of its prohibition. The utopian rhetoric of universal rights and freedoms that we narrate into the story of…

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