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(p. 375) 19. The Protection of Human Rights 

(p. 375) 19. The Protection of Human Rights
(p. 375) 19. The Protection of Human Rights

Antonio Cassese

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date: 29 May 2020

The human rights doctrine forces States to give account of how they treat their nationals, administer justice, run prisons, and so on. Potentially, it can subvert their domestic order and, consequently, the traditional configuration of the international community as well. This chapter asks: Why did States support and even advocate this ‘theory’ at an international level, knowing full well that it diverged radically from the political philosophy of State sovereignty and the basic principle on which the ‘Grotian model’ rested? What political and ideological motives induced certain members of the international community to propound ideas likely to undermine and disrupt their own authority?

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