Human Rights & International Law: Mutually supportive or Dichotomous Concepts

  • Pavni Singh
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  • Pavni Singh

    Advocate at Delhi High Court, India

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With the growing ambit of international law and the increasing human rights violation across the globe, understanding the relationship between international law and human rights has become imperative. The question of whether international law agencies and covenants can be used to secure peace in the world has become increasingly important. Are human rights a part of international law? Are human rights an object of international law? If yes, then what is the relation between these two concepts. Should these concepts be treated differently or as part of the same global objective? This Article seeks to answer these questions briefly. It studies the history and emergence of human rights and international law. The meaning of human rights has been well defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other international covenants. These are the basic form of rights that are available to every person worldwide, irrespective of any other factor. International law, on the other hand, is a set of rules and norms that govern the relationship between different states and nationals. International law has emerged from the development of different nations. The relationship between international law and human rights can be well studied from the date of inception of these concepts. The roots of these two concepts intertwined at the beginning of the revolutionary era. To understand this, the history of these two areas must be studied. The research done for this Article addresses the core questions of the emergence of each concept and how they have developed to be a part of one another. It briefly studies the relation between them and their interdependency.




International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 3, Page 111 - 116


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