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Invoking International Human Rights Law in Litigation

A Maryland Judge’s Perspective

By Cathy Hollenberg Serrette

Judges have long considered international human rights law in their decision making, and the U.S. Supreme Court has relied on international law since the country’s founding. State-court judges have similarly considered international law and norms. Advocates representing low-income clients should not hesitate to use human rights arguments in appropriate cases; many judges will welcome thoughtful advocacy using this framework.

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