The Need for Fewer Legal Tools (ICLA Mission to OSCE)

By • on August 11, 2013

From Gates of Vienna

OSCE Vienna 2013, Part 10: The Need for Fewer Legal Tools

This is the tenth in a series of posts on last week’s OSCE “Supplementary Human Dimension” meeting in Vienna. More will be coming in the next few days. See the list of links at the bottom of this post for previous articles.

The following intervention was made at Thursday’s OSCE meeting in Vienna by Henrik Ræder Clausen on International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA). He warns against the trend towards more law and more international regulation in the name of defending ”human rights”. Instead, he proposes that what we really need are fewer but more principled laws, similar to the Bill of Rights, as well as solid understanding and enforcement of such laws. He also argues that upholding these laws is performed best by national institutions with established democratic legitimacy, rather than by international bodies perceived as quite remote from the average citizen.

Many thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for recording this video, and to Vlad Tepes for processing and uploading it: