International Law/Human Rights

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International Human Rights Law is a branch of law that includes customary law, international treaties and instruments, intergovernmental institutions and judicial decisions concerning supranational rights that are regarded as important enough to be protected by law. The majority of these rights are defined broadly within international treaties[1] and instruments and their scope is then delimited through judicial examination and interpretation. However in the case of customary law, a rule can be held to have arisen based on the behaviour of a majority of states over a certain period of time.[2]

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  1. i.e. The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights (ICESCR)
  2. See The Paquete Habana [1900] 175 U.S. 677, 20 S.Ct.290 The full text of the judgment can be found at Findlaw