International Bill of Rights: Second Phase
At the very outset of World War II the notion of an international recognition and declaration of human rights had been put forward by governments and by private bodies and individuals as one of the major purposes of the struggle. In common with other international lawyers, it seemed to me necessary to investigate whether and to what extent the idea of an international affirmation and protection of fundamental human rights is capable of being translated into terms of positive law and of working legal institutions. Written before the San Francisco Conference, my own book, The International Bill of the Rights of Man, was intended to explore alternatives and forward the general movement, but not to advocate any specific method—by an international bill of human rights or otherwise—for solving what has been for centuries the enduring and most fundamental problem of law and politics. The American Law Institute, a body of high reputation both in the academic and practical realms of law, and the Commission for the Study of the Organization of Peace, under the leadership of Professor Shotwell, resolved to devote special study to the subject.
About the Author