Professor Theo van Boven has made his mark in the field of human rights by writing a vast number of scholarly articles, reports, studies, congress papers and the like, covering many topics. Most of his work has been published in law journals, textbooks,
Festschrifts and other sources. Since not all of these publications are easily accessible, it is the purpose of this anthology to bring together a selection of his writings from 1966 to 1998.
The editors have focused on those subjects that played a major part during Theo van Boven's career and that are, in their view, the most interesting to the reader. That is why this volume contains papers on such issues as the United Nations and its role as regards human rights, racial discrimination, the right to rehabilitation, the international criminal tribunals, the role of NGOs and many more. The papers have been arranged in different groups under general headings. Within each group, articles dealing with the same subject have been put in chronological order. A detailed bibliography, covering most of Theo van Boven's publications, is included in this book as an annex.
All through his work Theo van Boven displays his sound theoretical background as well as his enormous practical experience. This combination makes his writings so attractive and compelling to read.
Preface. Table of Contents. Selected Articles. General Overview of Human Rights.
1. Chartering New Ground in Human Rights .
2. In Order that People be Given Their Due .
3. Fundamental Rights and Nuclear Arms .
4. The Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen of 1789 and its Influence on the Constitutions .
5. `Political' and `Legal' Control Mechanisms; Their Competition and Coexistence .
The UN System in General.6. The United Nations and Human Rights; Innovation and Stagnation .
7. Creative and Dynamic Strategies for Using United Nations Institutions and Procedures: The Frank Newman File .
8. The United Nations Human Rights Agenda .
UN Commission and the UN Secretariat.9. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights and Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms .
10. Some Reflections on the Principle of Neutrality .
11. The Role of the United Nations Secretariat .
Racial Discrimination and Freedom of Religion.12. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination .
13. Combating Racial Discrimination in the World and in Europe .
14. Prevention, Early-Warning and Urgent Procedures; a New Approach by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination .
15. Religious Freedom in International perspective: Existing and Future Standards .
The Right to Rehabilitation and the International CriminalTribunals.16. The Right to Restitution, Compensation and Rehabilitation .
17. The Yugoslavia Tribunal .
18. Autonomy and Independence of United Nations Judicial Institutions; a Comparative Note .
Peoples' Rights and Development.19. The Relations Between Peoples' Rights and Human Rights in the African Charter .
20. Human Rights and Rights of Peoples .
21. Memorandum on the Issue Whether three Exists an Obligation on the Part of the Competent German Authorities to Conclude Public Law Agreements (Verträge) in Order to Guarantee the Special Rights and Interests of the German Sinti and Roma .
22. Some Remarks on Special Problems Relating to Human Rights in Developing Countries .
23. Human Rights and Development: Rhetorics and Realities .
24. Is There an Emerging Right to Good Governance? .
NGOs and Non-State Actors.25. Statement [on] the Occasion of the Presentation of the Right Livelihood Honorary Award .
26. The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Human Rights Standard-Setting: a Prerequisite of Democracy .
27. Non-State Actors; Introductory Comments .
Tolerance and Human Values.28. The European Context for Intercultural Education .
29. The Limits of Tolerance: When Cultural Differences and Human Rights Clash .
30. Meeting the Other .
European System.31. The Preamble of the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms .
32. The International Legal Context for the EU's Evolving Policy .
Miscellaneous.33. Boycott and Human Rights .
34. Prevention of the Disappearance of Children .
35. Reliance on Norms of Humanitarian Law by United Nations' Organs .
36. The Helms-Burton Act; Some Considerations . ‘ Bibliography.