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Panel V. Human Rights Commitments in the Americas: From the Global to the Local

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Berta E. Hernández-Truyol

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This essay next makes three key observations concerning the rule of law: (1) the relationship between the rule of law and human rights; (2) the interrelatedness of the international rule of law to a local rule of law; and (3) the insights the concept of the rule of law affords to the exploration of the nexus between trade and human rights. To conclude, this piece suggests a holistic approach to the rule of law. Such a model recognizes both the instrumental or rule book dimension and the substantive or rights dimension of the rule of law. It also accepts that the rule of law, while universal in its conceptualization, must accommodate cultural particularities of different societies. Moreover, this model acknowledges that local and global versions of the rule of law operate coherently in these different geographies, and that both local and global rule of law discourses are bounded by human rights parameters of full personhood, dignity, and justice.

Keywords: Rule of law, trade and human rights, human rights commitments in the Americas

Suggested Citation

Hernández-Truyol, Berta E., Panel V. Human Rights Commitments in the Americas: From the Global to the Local (2004). Florida Journal of International Law, Vol. 16, 2004; University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666255

Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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