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Ruti G. Teitel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370911.001.0001

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The Faces of Humanity

The Faces of Humanity

Origins and Jurisprudence

(p.19) Chapter 2 The Faces of Humanity
Humanity's Law

Ruti Teitel

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the origins of the humanity law tradition are explained, with the author tracing the history of the tradition from the Renaissance through the present. The sources of modern humanitarian law are described. They range from the Geneva Conventions to modern human rights law—as reflected, for example, in the Universal Declaration and the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The role of interpretive bodies is discussed, as are the basis for the modern rise of humanitarianism and the role of the work of Hugo Grotius in the development of modern humanity law. The author explains why the postwar human rights conventions proved centrally important to the development of humanity law, as did post–Cold War politics. The author comments on the role humanity law should take today and describes the contributions of various school of legal thought to the humanity law tradition.

Keywords:   law, legal, humanity, Grotius, Cold War, tribunals, interpretive, conventions

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