Taking Rights Seriously: Time for Establishing a Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues Chamber at the International Court of Justice?
University of Prishtina Journal of Human Rights and Policy, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 103-126, 2009
17 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2010
Date Written: 2009
Although promoting, enforcing, and ensuring respect for human rights and humanitarian law norms has been high on the international agenda for over six decades, effective implementation and enforcement still leave ample room for improvement. This article examines the potential of the International Court of Justice to contribute more towards enforcing timely and efficiently international human rights and humanitarian law standards laid down in a number of widely ratified international law instruments. To that aim it is inquired whether time is ripe to set up a standing Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues Chamber within the Court to deal with issues relating with widespread and systematic abuses to human rights and humanitarian law. Consequently, this paper deals with issues concerning the feasibility and necessity of such a Chamber within the Court.
Keywords: International Court of Justice, international human rights and humanitarian law norms, Article 26 of the ICJ Statute, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues Chamber
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