Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Main Elements of International Law

"International Law" is not very effective, and not perfect in its formulation, but it nevertheless represents in many ways an enshrinement of sound and admirable principles, no doubt more honoured in the breach than the observance. As such it is a standard that we can point to, and that we can use to criticize the performance of our own and other governments.

The foundation of International Law would most likely be the Charter of the United Nations, and the supporting covenants and treaties that have been agreed to by the United Nations and most of the world's countries. I'll attempt to compile a list of these worthy documents:

Charter of the United Nations (pdf version)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (html) (pdf)

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