The Right of Civil Resistance Under International Law and the Domestic Necessity Defense

01 Jan 1990

The essay argues that the international community should recognize a right of nonviolent resistance for those engaged in limited, proportionate actions in defense of fundamental human rights. Such individuals are acting in the nature of private attorneys general who are vindicating the inherent and inalienable international human rights of all individuals in those instances in which the international community has been unwilling or unable to institute democratic reforms.