On Interests and Values

6 September 2019
Thin in Law

The development of human rights law is part of a fundamental shift in the nature and purpose of the international legal order. Where once international law was considered to regulate purely inter-state concerns, we now talk of the existence of international community interests and a shared international system of values. On which is the legal protection of human rights and human dignity based? Is it an interest or a value? Does it matter? This blog post offers a brief terminological clarification on the definition and distinction between the two and attempts to answer these questions.


Sarah is a PhD Researcher in the International and European Law Department (jointly with the University of Hasselt). She holds an LLB (1st Class) from the University of Durham, UK and an LLM in Public International Law (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, UK. She has also studied at the University of Rouen (France).

Sarah has also worked for and with a number of organisations in politics, human rights, social justice and environmental protection.

Sarah's research focuses on the definition and operation of the concept of the international communty interest in international law. She is particularly interested in its application in the field of international environmental law.

Sarah is currently Editorial Assistant for the Hague Yearbook of International Law and Co-Editor of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights newsletter. She teaches on the International Law course at Hasselt University.