Is The Law a Mere Parchment Barrier to Human Rights Abuse?

@article{Keith2009IsTL,
  title={Is The Law a Mere Parchment Barrier to Human Rights Abuse?},
  author={L. Keith and C. Tate and S. Poe},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2009},
  volume={71},
  pages={644 - 660}
}
The “mere parchment barriers” created by constitutional provisions may lead to decreases in the extent to which nations abuse the human right not to be imprisoned, tortured, killed, or made to disappear arbitrarily or because of your political views. A global pooled cross-national time-series analysis for a 21-year period shows that adopting selected constitutional provisions protecting individual rights and freedoms, promoting judicial independence, and guarding against states of emergency—and… Expand
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