Dutch Science Talks lecture: Global Protection of Human Rights: Who can see the wood for the trees?

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Dr. Nicolaas Schrijver,  Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, will give the  lecture "Global Protection of Human Rights: Who can see the wood for the trees?"

The idea of human rights has a long history. Since 1945, when the United Nations was established, world leaders have cooperated to codify human rights in a universally recognized regime of treaties, institutions, and norms. On the occasion of the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this lecture reviews in a nutshell the development and codification of human rights at a global and regional level. As part of that development, a multiple of international procedures to monitor and supervise compliance with the provisions of human rights treaties has arisen. Unfortunately, these monitoring procedures often work independently of each other. However, ideas to achieve an integrated international monitoring system within the framework of the United Nations, preferably with effective enforcement mechanisms, have, until now, not been warmly received by the international community.

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