Concepts for International Law
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Concepts for International Law

Contributions to Disciplinary Thought

Edited by Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh

Concepts shape how we understand and participate in international legal affairs. They are an important site for order, struggle and change. This comprehensive and authoritative volume introduces a large number of concepts that have shaped, at various points in history, international legal practice and thought; intimates at how the many projects of international law have grappled with, and influenced, the world through certain concepts; and introduces new concepts into the discipline.
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Chapter 29: Individual

Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade

Abstract

By reviewing how the concept of personality has played out and evolved in international legal thought and practice, this chapter shows how international law has gradually freed itself from a purely inter-State, obsolete outlook, giving increasingly greater emphasis to protected persons and responsibility for the violation of their rights. In doing so, this chapter shows that the international juridical subjectivity of the human being is now well engrained in international law and contributes to the humanization of international law.

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