About Our International Human Rights Law Services
Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A), human rights ideas have spread across the globe. They encompass substantive rights (or: what do governments and to a certain extent non-government actors have to refrain from and/or provide to protect and promote individual and group rights) and procedural rights (or: how can individuals, groups, but also corporations and other entities give real and practical effect to those substantive rights, including restitution, reparations, guarantees of non-repetition, and costs).
Today, the universal (UN) and several regional legal systems for human rights protection guarantee a wide range of general and specific human rights. They cover civil and political rights (first generation); social, economic, and cultural rights (second generation), as well as the more blurry mix of third-generation rights, such as environmental rights, minority rights, the right to development etc. First and second generation rights, and some of the third generation, have now been firmly established in international treaties, and solidified by processes for their supervision and implementation. The UN feature quasi-judicial proceedings before expert committees, alongside state reporting procedures, to enforce numerous general and special human rights conventions. The European, Inter-American, and African systems have established international courts and commissions that can render legally binding judgments and decisions and award compensation and other remedies. Last but not least, national laws and constitutions have incorporated international human rights in their own legal orders, thus making national courts suitable venues for human rights litigation.
Kingsfield Law Office offers extensive experience in international human rights law and litigation, backed by an active academic research and teaching agenda by several of its partners. Kingsfield cooperates actively with international law firms, as well as academic institutions and non-governmental organizations, in litigation and advocacy in the human rights field. In 2018/19, Kingsfield together with the leading German law firm Dr. Selbmann/Bergert/Hägele (Leipzig/Berlin), has filed cases with the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Committee against Torture, encompassing such diverse matters as nationality-based discrimination in higher education and remedies and rehabilitation for torture victims of dictatorial regimes. Kingsfield partners have advised various international organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) OSCE, and the UN Development Program (UNDP), as well as governments and non-governmental organizations on human rights matters and questions of implementation. Our partners have profound litigation experience before UN and European courts and tribunals, as well as national appellate, supreme and constitutional courts in human rights cases.
Kingsfield’s partners and experts have published extensively on international and comparative human rights, as well as constitutional law involving fundamental rights and freedoms. Fundamental rights are at the forefront of what the founding fathers termed the inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Kingsfield seeks to actively participate in the dialogue and, yes, indeed, both inevitable and valuable conflict of rights and liberties and is at the disposal of interested parties, both domestic and international, who are seeking to pursue justice.