Here are some answers to a few questions commonly asked. If your questions are not answered please write us and we will try to answer them.
- What are international human rights?
- What can I do to influence international affairs?
- Does INTLawyers work at the United Nations?
- What type of an organization is INTLawyers?
- Can I join INTLawyers?
- How can I find out more about INTLawyers?
What are international human rights?
International human rights or international human rights law refers to the basic rights that have been agreed upon by States as fundamental to each and every human being.
There are many human rights treaties. Two of the most important are the International Bill of Human Rights including two legally binding treaties (the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) and one aspirational instrument (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) that is not legally binding.
What can I do to influence international affairs?
Many people think they cannot influence international affairs. In many cases this is definitely not the case. Individuals do influence international affairs.
For example, States are represented by individuals. In addition, non-State actors have often influenced international affairs, including the decision-making of States. The prohibition of genocide was the work of Raphael Lemkin; the protection of children through international human rights was espoused by Eglantine Webb at the start of the 20th century, decades before the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted; and the first laws applying during wartime were envisioned by Swiss businessman, turned humanitarian Henri Dunant.
You can also working to help other internationally and to establish a just and equitable international order. All you need is the will and commitment to make the needed effort.
INTLawyers always welcomes volunteers and project ideas. If you are interested in volunteering or have a good idea that you want to share with others internationally, contact us through our contact page.
Does INTLawyers work at the United Nations?
The United Nations, its organs, and its specialized agencies are of great interest to our work. We provide input into the UN’s work at every opportunity we get.
To work more closely with the UN an NGO must be accredited by the Economic and Social Council of the UN. This takes several years and we are working on it. Often other NGOs accredit us so that we can attend UN meetings.
What type of organization is INTLawyers?
International-Lawyers.org (INTLawyers) is a non-governmental organization (NGO). This means we are independent from the control of any State, although we respect all States and operate within the laws of the country of Switzerland.
We are made up of young people, and a few not so young people, who are committed to helping improve our world by working for a more equally developed world where we all can live in peace with each other and with Mother Earth as well as in a world where basic human rights are respected.
We receive funding from any source–government or private–under the condition that no State or person may influence our activities in a manner inconsistent with our Statutes.
Can I join INTLawyers?
Yes, but the General Assembly has to agree on your membership. The primary criteria for membership is that you are committed to making the world a better place to live in accordance with our Statutes.
There is a small membership fee, but it can never serve as an obstacle to membership in INTLawyers .