Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

First Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms: Bangalore, India, 24–26 February 1988

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One of an eightvolume series recording the development of international jurisprudence in human rights issues and, in particular, the domestic application of international human rights norms.



Inaugral Address

The basic theme in the discourse on human rights to which we must address ourselves is how we can convert the rhetoric of human rights into reality. The rhetoric of human rights draws on the moral resources of our belief in the significance of a common humanity and points in the direction of a type of society which ensures that the basic human needs and reasonable aspirations of all its members are effectively realised in, and protected by, law. The language of human rights carries great rhetorical force of uncertain practical significance.


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