Monday, April 14, 2003
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I'm not a lawyer, but I know bulls@&t when I see it
The San Francisco Chronicle has a story on one man's effort to revolutionize international law:
What to know what your International Bill of Rights looks like? Here's the document. To Boyd's credit, it's not written in legalese. To Boyd's debit, it's so contradictory and pie-in-the-sky that I can't believe he's devoted five years to it.
[What's specifically wrong with it?--ed. To begin with, a third of the countries in the world could not afford the public goods required of it. The restrictions on representation include this contradictory sentence: "Only individuals, not corporations or other entities, shall be allowed to contribute money or other assets to candidates or ballot measures, but individuals may combine to contribute as a group." The enforcement mechanism gave me a good chuckle.]
I don't mean to be cruel. It seems clear that Boyd has honorable intentions. But the legal and political foundations of the document and his strategy for implementation (internationalize the European Court for Human Rights) are laughable.
I'm sure the Libyan chair of the Human Rights Commission will give Boyd a full hearing.
UPDATE: Will Baude has some additional thoughts on Boyd's attempt to draft a freedom of speech clause.posted by Dan on 04.14.03 at 04:49 PM
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