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International Law and the Future of Freedom$
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John H. Barton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776691

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776691.001.0001

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The International Legislature

The International Legislature

(p.166) Chapter Six The International Legislature
International Law and the Future of Freedom

John H. Barton

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the institutions and institutional changes needed to meet the human rights demands, focusing on the international legislative function. It begins by reviewing the functions of a legislature and then turns to the differences between national and international methods of lawmaking, as well as the differences in other legislative roles such as fiscal governance and oversight. The chapter concludes by discussing difficulties facing effective international legislative representation, and recommends special-purpose interparliamentary bodies as the most effective immediate international constitutional goal.

Keywords:   human rights, international law, legislative function, lawmaking, international legislative representation, special-purpose interparliamentary bodies

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