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The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsNatural Law, Natural Rights, and Human Rights in Transition$
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David Boucher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203529.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Juridical Revolution

Human Rights and the Juridical Revolution

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This chapter examines the influence of the juridical revolution on human rights. It states that the juridical revolution, especially the developments in the protection of human rights and humanitarian norms, has been based upon the principle of customary law, state practice, and the statements of classic jurists who have articulated the principles in terms of which states and individuals in the international sphere have to conduct themselves. Humanitarian rights are based on customary law, which also served as the foundation of principles in international agreements and conventions.

Keywords:   human rights, juridical revolution, customary law, international agreements, humanitarian rights

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