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International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law (9th edn)

Rhona K. M. Smith
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date: 22 March 2023

p. 82. Historical backgroundlocked

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  • Rhona K. M. SmithRhona K. M. SmithProfessor of International Human Rights and Head of Law School, Newcastle University


This chapter provides an historical sketch of international human rights. It considers the divergent views as to the origins of human rights. The chapter traces developments including the law of aliens; diplomatic laws; the laws of war; slavery; minority rights; the establishment of the International Labour Organization; and human rights protection after the Second World War.

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