Edward D. Re


Lawyers are thinkers who must determine what are the fundamental human rights that must be legally enforced by a society worthy of being called civilized. Lawyers, therefore, devote their energies not only to human rights, but also to legal remedies designed to give effect to fundamental rights. Hence, for lawyers, the legal question presented deals with convening the ideals into legally enforceable norms. To phrase the inquiry in simple terms: what needs to be done to give legal effect to those moral norms which embody human rights and fundamental freedoms? What are the institutions of government that are charged with the responsibility of enforcing these moral norms? In general terms, therefore, the subject pursued by lawyers deals with giving legal effect to moral norms. In the area of human rights, the crucial question pertains to the enforcement of those human rights that are fundamental and are the birthright of all human beings.