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The Evolution of the European Convention on Human RightsFrom Its Inception to the Creation of a Permanent Court of Human Rights$
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Ed Bates

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207992

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207992.001.0001

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The Beginning of Modern International Human Rights Law (Background to the Birth of the European Convention)

The Beginning of Modern International Human Rights Law (Background to the Birth of the European Convention)

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(p.33) 2 The Beginning of Modern International Human Rights Law (Background to the Birth of the European Convention)
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The Evolution of the European Convention on Human Rights
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Ed Bates

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207992.003.0002

This chapter examines the international human rights law background to the creation of the ECHR system. It looks at the main steps taken in the field of the international law of human rights in the late 1940s, after World War Two. It comments on the writing and views of Hersch Lauterpacht, one of the leading intellectual forces on international human rights law at the time. It addresses and examines the failures of the United Nations to create effective human rights institutions and systems in the immediate post war period, focussing on the work of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Keywords:   history of human rights, Hersch Lauterpacht, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, human rights law

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