In these two pieces, DeLaet and Bunting express reservations about the potential for international law to have positive effects on the de facto status of the world's citizens—but point to activism on the local level as the most viable way to strengthen the human rights regime. In her thorough overview of the literature on the impact of international law, DeLaet focuses on the ability of local activists to domestic international treaties by mobilizing at the grassroots level to enact the provisions of international law. Bunting's analysis of the offers a different solution, one that involves tacking back and forth between the precepts of international law and the lived experiences of victims of human rights violations.
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