An International Bill of the Rights of Man

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-09-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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An International Bill of the Rights of Man, first published in 1945, is one of the seminal works on international human rights law. Its author, Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, is widely considered to be one of the great international lawyers of the 20th century. It continues to influence those studying and working in international human rights law today. It includes Professor Lauterpacht's study of natural law and natural right; and Professor Lauterpacht's own draft Bill of Human Rights.

This republication once again makes this book available to scholars and students in the field. It features a new introduction by Professor Philippe Sands, QC, examining the world in which An International Bill of the Rights of Man was originally published and the lasting legacy of this classic work.

Author Biography

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht was one of the leading international lawyers of the twentieth century. The author of, inter alia, Private Law Sources and Analogies of International Law, the International Law Reports, and one of the editors of Oppenheim's International Law, he was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn and elected to the Whewell Chair of International Law at Cambridge. As a practitioner, he was part of the legal team for oil companies in their arbitrations with various Gulf States between 1948-1950, and advised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in its dispute with Iran over nationalization in 1950-51. Hersch was appointed QC in 1949. In 1953 and 1954 he was elected to the International Law Commission, where he became Special Rapporteur on Treaties, before being elected as a judge of the International Court of Justice in 1954. Hersch was knighted in 1956. He died on May 8, 1960 at the age of 63.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Law of Nature, the Law of Nations, and the Rights of Man
1: Introduction
2: The Idea of Natural Rights in Legal and Political Thought
3: The Idea of Nature and the Inherent Rights of Man
4: The Law of Nations, The Law of Nature, and the Inalienable Rights of Man
5: Natural Rights in British Constitutional Law and Political Theory
Part 2: The International Bill of the Rights of Man
6: The Text of the Bill
7: The Legal Nature of the Bill
8: The Bases of the Bill
9: The Substance of the Bill
10: The Substance of Part Two of the Bill
Part 3: The Enforcement of the International Bill of the Rights of Man
11: The Enforcement of the Bill
12: Enforcement within the State
13: International Enforcement
14: Minorities Treaties in Relation to the Bill

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