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Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

Eighth Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms: Bangalore, India, 27–30 December 1998

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This volume contains the papers presented at the Eighth Judicial Colloquium of the Domestic Application of International Human Rights, held in Bangalore, India on 2730th December 1998. This meeting marked the culmination of a series of colloquia started a decade earlier. Participants at the Colloquium were drawn primarily from among senior judges of the higher courts of several South Asian countries Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and from other Commonwealth countries Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Several lawyers from the Commonwealth were also involved in the discussions. As with previous colloquia, this meeting focused on the subject of the domestic application of international human rights norms, and the extent to which these interrelate with national standards for human rights protection.

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International Human Rights Norms: Their Universality and Reflection at the National Level – The Indian Experience

In the evolution of the political organization of humanity, there has been a continuous yearning for a higher law as a touchstone for the ethical and moral content of the rules of our domestic laws. Written constitutions are intended to realize this aspiration. A constitution is intended to control governmental power, so essential to the realization of societal values, in order that it does not destroy the very values it is intended to protect.

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