Although the protection of human rights has seen a rapid growth in many areas, little attention has been paid in scholarly literature to the place of human rights in the discipline of international law. This book is an attempt to fill that gap. The inquiry is divided into two principal areas of discussion. Firstly, it looks at the relationship between human rights and humanitarian norms and customary law. Secondly, it concerns itself with the relationship between human rights and humanitarian norms on the one hand, and the law of state responsibility on the other. The author examines how contemporary human rights and humanitarian law meshes with the general principles of international law and particularly with the principles governing the international responsibility of states. The author clarifies the status of international human rights and humanitarian norms in public international law, and examines the sources, evidence, and process of the creation of such rights.
`his most forceful endeavour to place human rights and humanitarian law within the broader context of general international law' American Journal of International Law `a timely and major contribution to the human rights field ... [Professor Meron] presents each analysis with scholarship, lucidity and eloquence.' New York Journal of International Law and Politics `a thoroughly interesting work ... particularly valuable to teachers of the subject'
Humanitarian instruments as customary law; human rights instruments and customary law; responsibility of states for violations of human rights and humanitarian norms; obligations of means and obligations of result; obligations erga omnes; judicial remedies - is damage a condition for state responsibility?; violations as international crimes and as international delicts; state of necessity and derogations; responsibility of violations of international humanitarian law - special problems; the relationship between remedies in human rights treaties and other remedies; countermeasures, non-judicial remedies; concluding remarks.