The absence of a specific right to one’s own name in early international
human rights treaties seems perplexing in the twenty-first century until
one appreciates the historical and legal contexts which initially made this
omission almost unavoidable. The growing importance of human rights
in international law, of the obligation to recognize and respect individual
identity, as well as the generality of certain human rights standards such as
the prohibition of discrimination, the right to private life, and the right to
a name, have led to an evolution in the understanding and interpretation
of these standards in more recent years. It is now increasingly accepted in
international law and state practice that individuals are generally entitled
to state recognition and use of their own names—including names in a
language which may not be official.
Confronted by the charge of depoliticisation levelled at human rights frameworks and
interventions, I investigate the possibility of a politics of human rights at the core of
democratic politics. In doing so, I am guided ...
Hansungule, Zita Mulambo(University of Pretoria, 2016)
This dissertation focuses on the protection and promotion of the socio-economic rights of children with disabilities in South Africa. Socio-economic rights aim to ensure that material inequalities that are experienced by ...
Hansungule, Zita; Boezaart, C.J. (Trynie)(Pretoria University Law Press, 2017)
International law plays an important role in the promotion and protection of the
socio-economic rights of children with disabilities. International law bolsters the
mechanisms used to keep states accountable in the ...