American Declaration on the Right and Duties of Man Law and Legal Definition

The American Declaration on the Right and Duties of Man is a non-binding declaration on the essential human rights guaranteed to an individual. According to the declaration the essential rights of man are not derived from the fact that s/he is a national of a certain state, but are based upon attributes of his/her human personality. The preamble to the declaration provides that all men are born free and equal in dignity and in rights and they should conduct themselves as brothers one to another.

The American Declaration on the Right and Duties of Man was adopted in the year 1948. The first chapter of the declaration deals with rights of individuals and second chapter deals with duties of individuals. This has evolved into a very influential document in America because the American Court of Human Rights has given the declaration a normative value.