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(p. 5) 2. Historical background

Rhona K. M. Smith

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date: 27 January 2020

Course-focused and comprehensive, the ‘Textbook on’ series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter provides an historical sketch of international human rights. It considers the divergent views as to the origins of human rights, and suggests that human rights represent the modern interpretation and an expansion of the traditional concept of the rule of law. The chapter discusses 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 World War II.

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