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The Human Rights Covenants at 50: Their Past, Present, and Future

Daniel Moeckli, Helen Keller, and Corina Heri


Half a century ago, on 16 December 1966, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). While the adoption of the twin Covenants was celebrated all over the world, their fiftieth anniversary has received very little attention from the international community. This book marks this anniversary by taking stock of the first half-century of the existence of what are probably the world’s two most important human rights treaties. It does so by reflecting on what the Coven ... More

Keywords: human rights, human rights Covenants, ICCPR, ICESCR, international law, interpretation, influence, Human Rights Committee, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825890
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Moeckli, editor
Assistant Professor of Public International Law and Constitutional Law, University of Zurich

Helen Keller, editor
Professor of Public Law, European and Public International Law and Judge, University of Zurich and the European Court of Human Rights

Corina Heri, editor
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Amsterdam

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1 Introduction

Helen Keller and Daniel Moeckli

Part I The Past: What Have the Covenants (Not) Achieved?

2 The History of the Covenants

Maya Hertig Randall

5 NGOs

Patrick Mutzenberg*

Part II The Present: What Is the Influence of the Covenants?

8 Influence of the ICESCR in Latin America

Mónica Pinto and Martín Sigal*

Part III The Future: What Should Become of the Covenants?

End Matter