Attaining Universal Justice

Realities Beyond Dreams

  • Michael Kirby


This article starts with a demonstration of the importance attached to universal human rights and justice following the adoption of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and subsequent treaties. Instead of focusing on national concerns, it turns to address the even greater difficulties of securing human rights and justice at a global level. It does so by reference to particular challenges presented to two bodies on which the author serves: the Eminent Persons Group on the Future of the Commonwealth of Nations, and the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Whilst securing advances are difficult and sometimes messy, the article concludes on a positive note in relation to the role of lawyers in advancing universal global human rights and justice.

How to Cite
Kirby, M. (2011) “Attaining Universal Justice: Realities Beyond Dreams”, Victoria University Law and Justice Journal. Melbourne, Australia, 1(1), pp. 7-20. doi: 10.15209/vulj.v1i1.4.
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