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Title: Sovereignty and human rights treaties : the relationship between the different stages of international human rights protection (negotiations, ratification, implementation and enforcement of human rights treaties) and sovereignty of both the state and legis
Author: Wicks, Elizabeth Alison
ISNI:       0000 0001 2452 8887
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis examines the relationship between human rights treaties and sovereignty of both the state and legislature of the United Kingdom. In order to do this the thesis examines the meaning of state sovereignty at international law and legislative sovereignty within a state. The relationship between the two sovereignty doctrines and the various stages of protection under human rights treaties (negotiations, ratification, implementation and enforcement) is examined with particular attention on the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966. Following a brief introduction, chapter one identifies a model of state sovereignty for use throughout the thesis. Chapter two analyses the meaning of legislative sovereignty with particular reference to the UK Parliament's sovereign status. In chapter three the relationship between the two sovereignty doctrines is examined. Chapter four analyses the implications for sovereignty of entry into a human rights treaty. Chapter five explores the relationship between the two sovereignty doctrines and the implementation and enforcement of these treaties. In chapter six the perceptions as to the relationship between sovereignty and human rights treaties, held by both the UK government and treaty bodies, will be analysed. Finally, chapter seven will explore further the conclusions of this thesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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