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10 Implementation at National Level

From: Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism, Third Edition

Christian Tomuschat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 March 2023

Subsidiarity — Consistent interpretation — Pacta sunt servanda — National implementation
Although human rights have become a concern of the international community as a whole, implementation processes still lie mainly in the hands of states as holders of territorial sovereignty. Protection against unlawful practices and provision of vital services are primarily needed at home. Territorial sovereignty is tantamount to territorial responsibility. Certainly, there are occasions in the life of a nation when the international community intervenes to make goods and services available when the state is unable to provide them. This happens normally in...
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