Between 'Great Weight', 'Excessive Pretensions' and 'Statements of No Value': United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies, National Courts and the Rule of International Human Rights Law
13 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2017
Date Written: February 13, 2017
The interaction of the ten United Nations human rights treaty bodies and national courts is a potentially powerful mechanism for the application and development of international human rights law. This paper, which is an initial part of a wider study, canvasses the engagement by final appellate courts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom with the work of treaty bodies and identifies a broad range of positive and negative responses by those courts. The paper concludes by addressing the potential for enhanced dialogue between the two categories of institution.
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