Incorporating International Human Rights
Incorporation is the process by which international human rights become enshrined in domestic law. This means that human rights can be enforced in domestic courts, and domestic governments can be held accountable to their standards.
Academic Resources on Incorporation
- Incorporating Human Rights in Scotland– a project from the University of Edinburgh, bringing academic research together with civil society expertise to develop a framework for best practice on incorporation, ensuring that civil society organisations have the information and training they need in order to influence key decision-makers.
- Incorporating International Human Rights in a Devolved Context– a paper by Dr Kasey McCall-Smith on incorporation of human rights in Scotland
- Incorporating Human Rights in Scotland: Best Practice Framework from International Examples– a paper from the University of Edinburgh which uses international examples to identify a best practice framework for incorporation in Scotland
- Realising international human rights: Scotland on the global stage– a paper by Jo Ferrie, Rebecca Wallace and Elaine Webster on Scotland’s approach to human rights in an international context
Quick Case Studies
- A summary of international human rights law– infographic on international human rights law, produced by the University of Edinburgh
- What and why of incorporation– infographic explaining the basics of incorporation, produced by the University of Edinburgh
- Different types of incorporation– infographic exploring the different ways in which countries can incorporate international human rights law
- A timeline of human rights in the UK– infographic with a basic timeline of laws which protect human rights in the UK
- Essential features of an Act of Parliament to incorporate international human rights into Scots Law– a briefing by the Civil Society Working Group on Incorporation
- Standing in Scots Public Law Litigation– a briefing by Douglas Jack and Chris McCorkindale on recent changes to the rules on standing in Scottish courts
- Build forward better: why funding human rights matters– a podcast explaining why incorporation of human rights should be a priority for civil society funders.
- What is incorporation and why does it matter?– a training session given by Dr Kasey McCall-Smith on the basics of human rights incorporation
- Incorporation in context: Lessons from other countries– a training session given by Sofie Quist and Veronica Luhtanen on what Scotland can learn from incorporation in other countries.
More Information on the Incorporation of Specific International Treaties