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The Law of International Human Rights Protection

The Law of International Human Rights Protection


The Law of International Human Rights Protection

Second Edition

Walter Kälin and Jörg Künzli

ISBN: 9780198825692 (Hardcover)
Publicado: 18 November 2019
Páginas: 640

At a time when human rights are coming under increasing pressure, in-depth knowledge and understanding of their foundations, conceptual underpinnings and current practice remain crucial. The second edition of Walter Kalin and Jorg Kunzli’s authoritative book provides a concise but comprehensive legal analysis of international human rights protection at the global and regional levels. It shows that human rights are real rights creating legal entitlements for those who are protected by them and imposing legal obligations on those bound by them.

Based, in particular, on a wide-ranging analysis of international case-law, the book focuses on the sources and scope of application of human rights and a discussion of their substantive guarantees. Further chapters describe the different mechanisms to monitor the implementation of human rights obligations, ranging from the regional human rights courts in Africa, the Americas and Europe and the UN treaty bodies to the international criminal tribunals, the International Court of Justice and the UN Security Council. The book is based on an understanding of human rights as legal concepts that address basic human needs and vulnerabilities, and highlights the indivisibility of civil and political rights on the one and economic, social and cultural rights on the other hand. It also highlights the convergence of international human rights and international humanitarian law and the interlinkages with international criminal law as well as general international law, in particular the law of state responsibility.


I: The Foundations of International Human Rights Law
1. Origins and Universality
2. Notions and Sources
3. The Legal Nature of Human Rights Obligations
4. Scope of Application of Human Rights
5. Obligations: International Humanitarian Law
II: Implementation of Human Rights
6. Basic Principles
7. Treaty Bodies
8. Charter Based Bodies
III: Substantive Guarantees
9. Protection of Human Life
10. Protection of Human Integrity – Prohibition of Ill-Treatment and of Enforced Disappearance
11. Protection of Human Identity – Prohibition of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
12. Protection of Private Life
13. Protection of the Intellectual and Spiritual Sphere
14. Protection of the Human Person in the Economic Sphere
15. Protection of Persons Deprived of their Liberty and Fair Trial Guarantees
16. Protection of Participation in Political Life
17. Protection During Migration, Forced Displacement, and Flight


Walter Kälin is Professor of Constitutional and International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Bern, and a former Dean of the Faculty and Head of the Legal Department.

Jörg Künzli is Assistant Professor of Public International and Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Bern.

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