The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law
There are many ways of looking at the relationship between international human rights law (IHRL) and general international law. One may look at the influence of IHRL on general international law, or at the reverse influence, using a method of tracing judgments and their influence on other international courts. One may also discuss the relationship under the heading of fragmentation, taking a broader, systemic, and institutional view. This introduction embeds the specified topics treated in the book which we deem exemplary, namely sources, interpretation, jurisdiction, state responsibility, and immunity in this discussion, looking at both ways of influence. This book explores the interaction effects arising in the context of human rights between the European Convention on Human Rights and general international law. Some of the chapters suggest reconciling methods and convergence whereas others stress the danger of fragmentation. There is no single view which fits all issue areas of international law but judicial dialogue is of utmost importance to ensure the sustainable development of the law for the benefit of human rights.
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