International Law

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The Role of an Individual in International Law Student`s name: Institution of Learning: The Role of an Individual in International Law At a glance, one may assume that individuals do not play a significant role in international law. International law may seem too broad to encompass individuals in any society. This is because that international law has no jurisdiction. It applies regardless of the local jurisdiction sometimes even overriding local legislation. Courts may use international law to pass judgement on tricky cases. However, individuals play a significant role in international law. International law focuses mainly on the individual. It ensures that individuals get justice mostly in situations when the national…show more content…
This is because some parties – such as women – had limited rights compared to other citizens of the same country. One of the rights that young sovereign nations denied women in their territory is suffrage. However, parties that had limited rights gradually gained their rights albeit after undergoing long durations of painful struggle.[2] However, the individual still played a significant part in international law even before the formation of the United Nations. Even before the formation of the United Nations, there was a humanitarian law that sought to reduce the effects of war on civilians and combatants. Humanitarian law also had rules that dictated how states should treat aliens by granting them protection. However, the individual was usually associated with the state of residence and not regarded as an autonomous entity in international law. During the Second World War, the link between sovereignty, citizenship and rights that citizens of sovereign states had was apparent. Sovereign states did not always protect the rights of their citizens, as they did not prevent other nations from inflicting atrocities on some of their citizens. However, the Second World War made protection of human rights a core issue of various sovereign states and the international community. The Second World War led to the formation of many sovereign states.[3] As more and more states became sovereign, the
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