This chapter is about human rights and the intertwined relationship between history and international law. From history to international law, it reconstructs the main phases that have led to the relative isolation of human rights law from international trade and investment law as well as international development law. From international law to history, it reflects on the ‘power’ of human rights norms and institutions to positively affect future historical developments and discusses the desirability and feasibility to overcome existing divides. The particular historical evolution of human rights as distinct from other domain of global governance is at the origin of its current ‘effectiveness’ crisis. The author concludes that if history may explain the relative isolation of human rights, only international law can pave the way for human rights coherent economic and development policies.
An Intertwined Relationship
Edited by Annalisa Ciampi
This incisive book unveils and illuminates the relationship between international law and history, providing examples from a wide range of domains of global governance. With particular reference to international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, leading scholars and practitioners in international law, history and diplomacy offer original analysis and innovative paradigms of cross-interdisciplinary research in the field.