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Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition

Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition

Elgar original reference

Edited by Jan M. Smits

Written by leading authorities in their respective fields, the contributions in this accessible book cover and combine not only questions regarding the methodology of comparative law, but also specific areas of law (such as administrative law and criminal law) and specific topics (such as accident compensation and consideration). In addition, the Encyclopedia contains reports on a selected set of countries’ legal systems and, as a whole, presents an overview of the current state of affairs.

Chapter 32: Human rights law*

Menno T. Kamminga

Subjects: law - academic, comparative law


Comparative human rights law is the field of law that examines how states differ in their interpretation of human rights and in the domestic implementation of their human rights obligations. Questions that arise under this heading include the following. Are human rights universal or do they vary due to cultural differences? How much leeway do states have to interpret the content of their human rights obligations? By which methods can states ensure domestic compliance with their international human rights obligations?

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