The Future of Human Rights in International Jurisprudence: An Optimistic Appraisal

Ferencz, Benjamin B


Volume: 10 Issue: 2
Hofstra Law Review


In the final analysis, there is something positive to be said in each one of the views presented in the Hofstra symposium. The development of new norms of international behavior, as predicted by Professors McDougal and Chen, has been described; and the types of problems suggested by Professors Rusk, Oliver, and Murphy have also been illustrated in this historical review. The need for social change, as suggested by Professors Schechter and Nanda, should also have become apparent. In addition, the many setbacks and vacillations that have been noted in the development of international human rights may help us to understand, if not to share, the disappointment of Professor Falk. Seen in totality, however, it should be clear that, as noted by Professor Sohn, enormous strides have been made during recent years and that, despite the slow progress recognized by the Taubenfelds the development of human rights is still in its early stages. Professors Bassiouni and Derby, as pioneers of the new legal discipline of international criminal law, have shown us where we may hope to go if we are to see a more rational world order. Their important outline for an international court that may enforce new rules of international behavior is a beacon to guide those who will take us into the future. I hope that my own admittedly and deliberately optimistic appraisal will. give to those who must carry the burden the faith that it can be done
in time

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