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Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol and Stephen Joseph Powell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814736937

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814736937.001.0001

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Global Laws, Local Lives

Global Laws, Local Lives

Basic Concepts of International Trade Law in the Americas

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(p.26) 2 Pillars and Escape Hatches
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Just Trade
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Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol

Stephen Joseph Powell

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814736937.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of the basic concepts and legal regimes of human rights law in the Americas. After discussing the theoretical underpinnings of human rights law, it traces the origins of international human rights law. In particular, it considers World War II as the watershed event for the change of the status of individuals in international law and the emergence of both customary and conventional norms in international law that apply to individuals. It then examines some important developments in the human rights arena, with particular emphasis on the internationalization of human rights law and the establishment of three regional human rights systems covering the European, Inter-American, and African regions. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the link between trade and human rights.

Keywords:   human rights, Americas, international human rights law, World War II, international law, regional human rights systems, Europe, Africa, trade

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