Promoting Human Rights through Bills of Rights: Comparative Perspectives

Hardcover | January 27, 2000

EditorPhilip Alston

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In recent years the international community has continued to adopt a flow of both binding and non-binding human rights instruments. But despite the significant domestic impact of these developments, most of the literature on human rights has focused on international procedures andinstitutions, to the neglect of domestic legal arrangements. In this timely volume Professor Alston and a team of distinguished contributors examine the consequences of international human rights treaty obligations at national level. The problems addressed include the transformation of international norms into national law; how to prepare appropriatedomestic arrangements for giving effect to international norms (with particular emphasis on the role of the bill of rights); an assessment of the impact of international obligations on domestic legal regimes. This carefully edited collection will be of interest to all practitioners, scholars, and students of the law and theory of international human rights.

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In recent years the international community has continued to adopt a flow of both binding and non-binding human rights instruments. But despite the significant domestic impact of these developments, most of the literature on human rights has focused on international procedures andinstitutions, to the neglect of domestic legal arrangem...

Philip Alston is at Australian National University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:584 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:January 27, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258224

ISBN - 13:9780198258223

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Notes on Contributors1. Philip Alston: Bills of Rights in Comparative PerspectiveI. National Level Protection of Human Rights without a Bill of Rights2. John Doyle and Belinda Wells: How Far Can the Common Law Go Towards Protecting Human RightsII. The Role of International Norms in the Absence of a Bill of Rights3. Andrew Clapham: The European Convention on Human Rights in the British Courts: Problems Associated with the Incorporation of International Human Rights4. David Kinley: Parliamentary Scrutiny of Human Rights: A Duty Neglected?III. Comparative Experiences with Bills of Rights5. Yash Ghai: The Kenyan Bill of Rights6. Mary Eberts: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: A Feminist Perspective7. Philip A. Joseph: The New Zealand Bill of Rights Experience8. Andrew Byrnes: And Some Have Bills of Rights Thrust Upon Them: Hong Kong's Bill of Rights9. Martin Chanock: A Post-Calvinist Catechism or a Post-Communist Manifesto? Intersecting Narratives in the South African Bill of Rights Debate10. David Kretzmer: Basic Laws as a Surrogate Bill of Rights: The Case of IsraelIV. The Judiciary and Bills of Rights11. Robert Sharpe: The Impact of a Bill of Rights on the Role of the Judiciary: A Canadian Perspective12. Sir Gerard Brennan: The Impact of a Bill of Rights on the Role of the Judiciary: An Australian PerspectiveSelect BibliographyIndex

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`This book will make interesting reading for those contemplating a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.'Colin Harvey, Just News, September 2000