I love law as a field. I would like to practice law in the future. If you think that keeps me from being skeptical of its value to society, I was briefly inspired by Ambrose Bierce to start on my own Devil's Dictionary. My first entry?
Law (n): The formal system by which might makes right. See also: International Law
International Law: The body which governs the final disposition of rubble.
I've quoted it a bit backward to make a little more sense. I don't think it's particularly clever, which is why it lays unfinished. Bierce was better,
Once Law was sitting on the bench,
And Mercy knelt a-weeping.
"Clear out!" he cried, "disordered wench!
Nor come before me creeping.
Upon your knees if you appear,
'Tis plain your have no standing here."
Then Justice came. His Honor cried:
"Your status?—devil seize you!"
"Amica curiae," she replied—
"Friend of the court, so please you."
"Begone!" he shouted—"there's the door—
I never saw your face before!"
All of this is to say the judicial system isn't the place to expect reform and change, that's not the role it serves. There's a host of reasons vague declarations about obligations to human rights don't trump everything else, but the primary one is you. Maybe not you personally, but the collective "you." "You" wanted your legislators to have the power to make laws independent of international control and convenience. "You" didn't think it was worth putting more protections under the law. "You" valued state power over the rights of the individual. The law is merely serving its master.