Judging International Human Rights

Courts of General Jurisdiction as Human Rights Courts

  • Stefan Kadelbach
  • Thilo Rensmann
  • Eva Rieter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. General Introduction

  3. International and Regional Courts of General Jurisdiction as Human Rights Courts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Marcilio Toscano Franca Filho, Lucas Lixinski, Belén Olmos Giupponi
      Pages 201-221
  4. Obligations Imposed by Human Rights Treaties with Regard to the Implementation of Human Rights by Domestic Courts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Johannes van Aggelen
      Pages 257-278
    3. Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque
      Pages 279-289
    4. Christina Cerna
      Pages 291-311
    5. Yakaré-Oulé (Nani) Jansen Reventlow, Rosa Curling
      Pages 313-341
  5. The Role of Courts in the Domestic Implementation of International Human Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Matthias Herdegen
      Pages 345-387
    3. Christina Cerna
      Pages 389-410
    4. Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Marcilio Toscano Franca Filho
      Pages 411-422
    5. Daniel Heilmann
      Pages 423-437
    6. Jonas Christoffersen
      Pages 439-451
    7. Saïda El Boudouhi, Gesa Dannenberg
      Pages 453-470
    8. Thilo Rensmann
      Pages 471-496
    9. Elena Sciso
      Pages 497-509
    10. Koji Teraya
      Pages 511-542
    11. Duncan M. Okubasu
      Pages 543-562
    12. Dragica Wedam Lukić
      Pages 563-587
    13. Mark Weston Janis
      Pages 589-604
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 605-665

About this book


This book attempts to establish how courts of general jurisdiction differ from specialized human rights courts in their approach to the implementation and development of international human rights. Why do courts of general jurisdiction face particular problems in relation to the application of international human rights law and why, in other cases, are they better placed than specialized human rights courts to act as guardians of international human rights? 
At the international level, this volume focusses on the International Court of Justice and courts of regional economic integration organizations in Europe, Latin America and Africa. With regard to the judicial implementation of international human rights and human rights decisions at the domestic level, the contributions analyze the requirements set by human rights treaties and offer a series of country studies on the practice of domestic courts in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. 
This book follows up on research undertaken by the International Human Rights Law Committee of the International Law Association. It includes the final Committee report as well as contributions by committee members and external experts.


International Human Rights Law Regional Human Rights Systems Domestic Courts and International Law Courts of Regional Economic Communities International Court of Justice ICJ European Court of Justice Human Rights Human Rights and the law of armed conflict

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Kadelbach
    • 1
  • Thilo Rensmann
    • 2
  • Eva Rieter
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of LawGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of LawAugsburg UniversityAugsburgGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of LawRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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