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Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in International Law

Jan Arno Hessbruegge


Although overshadowed by the right to interstate self-defense, the right to personal self-defense also forms part of international law. It is a general principle of law recognized by nations, because it can be, found in the major natural law traditions of the world and all domestic criminal law systems. In international law, it has had its deepest impact on human rights law, even though it is not a human right itself. The right to personal self-defence interacts with human rights on three levels: State-to-individual level: Within tight boundaries, the right to defend oneself and others justifi ... More

Keywords: International law, human rights, criminal law, self-defense, law enforcement, resistance, lethal force, firearms, security forces, international humanitarian law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190655020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190655020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Arno Hessbruegge, author
Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights