Human Rights Quarterly
On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 1 In view of the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration, this article reviews its origins. The article then focuses principally upon the drafting and meaning of the fair trial provisions of the Declaration. Rather than looking at the Declaration’s provisions article by article in numerical order, the article first considers the overall drafting history of the Declaration; second, it focuses on the principal fair trial provisions, Articles 10 and 11; and then deals with the drafting of Articles 8 and 9, which are complementary.
David Weissbrodt and Mattias Hallendorff, Travaux Preparatoires of the Fair Trial Provisions--Articles 8 to 11--of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 21 Hum. Rts. Q. 1061 (1999), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/413.