The principle of systemic integration in human rights law

Adamantia Rachovitsa*

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International lawyers and courts consider the principle of systemic integration to be a potential answer to difficulties arising from the fragmentation of public international law. This article questions the application of this approach in the context of human rights treaties. It is argued, first, that in many instances, systemic integration raises serious interpretational and jurisdictional concerns and, second, that systemic integration may give rise to a less diverse international law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-588
Number of pages32
JournalInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2017


  • African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights
  • Article 31(3)(c) VCLT
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • human rights
  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  • interpretation
  • treaties
  • progressive development
  • systemic integration
  • ARTICLE 31(3)(C)

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