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The Twilight of Human Rights Law. By Eric A. Posner. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. x, 185. Index. $21.95, £14.99.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Dinah Shelton*
Of the Board of Editors


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2 Somerset v. Stewart, 98 Eng. Rep. 499 (1772).

3 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe: Final Act, Aug. 1, 1975, 73 Dep’t St. Bull. 323 (1975), 14 ILM 1292 (1975).

4 E.g., Schlager, Erika B., A Hard Look at Compliance with ‘Soft’ Law: The Case of the OSCE, in Commitment and Compliance: The Role of Non-Binding Norms in the International Legal System 346 (Shelton, Dinah ed., 2000)Google Scholar; Buergenthal, Thomas, The CSCE Rights System, 25 Geo. Wash. J. Int’l L. & Econ. 333 (1991)Google Scholar.

5 See Greece v. United Kingdom, App. Nos. 176/56 & 299/57, [1958–1959] 2 Y. B. Eur. Conv. On H.R. 172; see also Benvenisti, Eyal, Margin of Appreciation, Consensus, and Universal Standards, 31 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 843 (1999)Google Scholar.

6 See, e.g., Courtney Hillebrecht, Domestic Politics and International Human Rights Tribunals: The Problem of Compliance (2014); Sonia Cardenas, Conflict and Compliance: State Responses to International Human Rights Pressure (2007); Simmons, Beth A., Capacity, Commitment, and Compliance: International Institutions and Territorial Disputes, 46 J. Conflict Resol. 829 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

7 ECOSOC Res. 1503 (XLVIII), UN ESCOR, 48th Sess., Supp. No. IA, UN Doc. E/4832/Add. 1 (1970); see also Guide to International Human Rights Practice 61 (Hurst Hannum ed., 1984).

8 Chile, for example, changed its Constitution to comply with the judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Case of Olmedo-Bustos v. Chile (“Last Temptation of Christ”), Inter-Am. Ct. H.R. (ser. C) No. 73 (Feb. 5, 2001) (holding that Chile’s banning of films violated the prohibition of prior censorship contained in Article 13(2)of the American Convention on Human Rights, Nov. 22, 1969, 1144 UNTS 123).

9 Council of Europe, General Measures Adopted to Prevent New Violations of the European Convention on Human Rights: Stock-Taking of Measures Reported to the Committee of Ministers in Its Control of Execution of the Judgments and Decisions Under the Convention, Doc. H/Exec (2006)1 (May 2006).

10 Beth A. Simmons, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (2009).