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Judge Hisashi Owada

Judge Hisashi Owada
Former President
International Court of Justice

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Human Security
Human Security and International Law
The purpose of the present lecture is to analyse the concept of human security, to examine how this concept can be related to the international legal order as it exists now, and to assess its legal significance as a useful conceptual tool for contributing to the development of the international legal order in this period of major transformation of the international system of governance.

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Human Security
Human Security and International Law
A. Legal Instruments
Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 31.

Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 85.

Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 135.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Vienna, 24 April 1963, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 596, p. 261.

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, New York, 21 December 1965, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 660, p. 195.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

B. Jurisprudence
C. Documents
The Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues, “Common Security: A Blueprint for Survival”, New York, 1982.

Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, “Our Common Future” (A/RES/42/187, 11 December 1987).

United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 1994.

Human Rights Committee, “General Comment Adopted by the Human Rights Committee under Article 40, Paragraph 4, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” (CCPR/C/21/Rev.1/Add.6, 11 November 1994).

Security Council resolution 918 (1994) of 17 May 1994.

Report of the Representative of the Security-General, Mr. Francis M. Deng, submitted pursuant to Commission resolution 1997/39 (“Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement”) (E/CN.4/1998/53/Add.2, 11 February 1998).

Report of the Commission on Human Security, “Human Security Now”, New York, 2003.

Security Council resolution 1308 (2000) of 17 July 2000.

Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, “The Responsibility to Protect”, 2001.

Report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility”, 2 December 2004.

General Assembly resolution 60/1 of 16 September 2005 (2005 World Summit Outcome).

Report of the Secretary-General, “Follow-up to General Assembly resolution 64/291 on human security” (A/66/763, 5 April 2012).

General Assembly resolution 66/290 of 10 September 2012 (Follow-up to Paragraph 143 on human security of the 2005 World Summit Outcome).

United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2013, “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”.

D. Doctrine
T. Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651.