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International Law

International Law (5th edn)

Malcolm Evans
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date: 21 July 2024

p. 2599. The Individual and the International Legal Systemlocked

p. 2599. The Individual and the International Legal Systemlocked

  • Robert McCorquodale

Abstract

This chapter examines the role of the individual in the international legal system. It considers the direct rights and responsibilities of individuals under the international legal system; their capacity to bring international claims; and their ability to participate in the creation, development, and enforcement of international law. Particular examples from a wide range of areas of international law, including international human rights law, international criminal law, and international economic law, are used to illustrate the conceptual and practical participation of individuals in the international legal system. It is argued that individuals are participants in that system, and are not solely objects that are subject to States’ consent, though their degree of participation varies depending on the changing nature of the international legal system.

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