FOUNDATION: Unit III. Human Rights in International Law 2 of 7

Introduction
 

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The interaction between states in international life is governed by a set of principles, customs, and rules referred to as international law. All states accept this point in the abstract. All states have international lawyers and recognize that there is something called international law.

This law not only regulates how states relate to each other, but, increasingly, it also regulates the conduct and treatment of individuals. International law has penetrated virtually every area of interstate relations, including human rights. International human rights law is the body of international law specific to human rights.

What rights and responsibilities do states have toward their citizens and toward other states? Which of these rights and responsibilities are the most important and what makes them so?

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