International Human Rights Law Theory

30 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2010

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 20, 2010


This draft textbook chapter on international human rights law theory aims to give a comprehensive overview of the field to those interested in its ongoing dilemmas. It covers both the theory of human rights, of international human rights, and of international human rights law, as three integrated dimensions: human rights, the international and the legal. I would recommend the chapter as an introduction to a class on international human rights, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Note: although the chapter will be published in a different form in an actual book, I anticipate that this electronic version will be updated at regular intervals, and will therefore emerge as a live (although probably not quite real time) resource, that makes the most of a medium such as SSRN to post up to date content.

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric, International Human Rights Law Theory (January 20, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec

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