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The Future of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring

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James Crawford, Henry Steiner, Michael Banton, Mara R. Bustelo, Gerrison Lansdown, Scott Leckie, Roland Bank, Andrew Clapham, Anne Gallagher, Martin Scheinin, Yuji Iwasawa, John Dugard, Andrew Byrnes, Stefanie Grant, Antônio Cançado Trindade, David Harris, Daniel Bodansky, Eric Tistounet, Craig Scott, Michael O'Flaherty, Elizabeth Evatt, Markus Schmidt, Philip Alston
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  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521641951

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  • Every state in the world has undertaken human rights obligations on the basis of UN treaties. Today's challenge is to enhance the effectiveness of procedures and institutions established to promote the accountability of governments. The six treaty bodies that monitor and evaluate state policies and practices play a vital role, but the whole system has been stretched almost to breaking point. It is under-funded, many governments fail to report or do so very late or superficially, there is a growing backlog of individual complaints, broad reservations have been lodged by many states, and the expertise of committee members has been questioned. This volume contains detailed analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of the system, written by leading participants in the work of the treaty bodies. Their recommendations provide a blueprint for far-reaching reform of a system of major importance for the future of international efforts to protect human rights.

    • Thorough analysis of the UN human rights treaty system and its problems
    • Essential reading for human rights advocates and scholars, as well as for those concerned with the development of international law
    • Fully informed account building on the latest work by those actually engaged in the system as participants, secretariat members, NGO activists and scholars
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    '… provides a helpful understanding of the nature of the problems faced in trying to monitor human rights activities.' International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

    'Fundamental merit of this very useful volume is to present clearly and sympathetically the topic and the discussion, based on their own experience.' Tullio Treves, Rassegna Bibliografica

    '… observations, critical evaluations and reformist recommendations are precisely stated … highly descriptive … a book that is worth reading, and provides a helpful understanding of the nature of the problems faced in trying to monitor human rights activities.' International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521641951
    • length: 600 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 157 x 42 mm
    • weight: 1.045kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The UN human rights treaty system: a system in crisis? James Crawford and Philip Alston
    Part I. The UN Human Rights Monitoring System in Action:
    2. Individual chains in a world of massive violations: what role for the human rights committee? Henry Steiner
    3. Decision-taking in the committee on the elimination of racial discrimination Michael Banton
    4. The committee on the elimination of discrimination against women Mara R. Bustelo
    5. The reporting process under the convention on the rights of the child Gerrison Lansdown
    6. The committee on economic, social and cultural rights: catalyst for change in a system needing reform Scott Leckie
    7. Country-orientated procedures under the convention against torture: towards a new dynamism Roland Bank
    8. UN human rights reporting procedures: an NGO perspective Andrew Clapham
    Part II. National Influences and Responses:
    9. Making human rights treaty obligations a reality: working with new actors and partners Anne Gallagher
    10. Domestic implementation of international human rights treaties: Nordic and Baltic experiences Martin Scheinin
    11. The domestic impact of international human rights: the Japanese experience Yuji Iwasawa
    12. The role of human rights treaties in domestic law: the southern African experience John Dugard
    13. Uses and abuses of the treaty reporting procedure: Hong Kong between two systems Andrew Byrnes
    14. The United States and the international human rights treaty system: for export only? Stefanie Grant
    Part III. Regional and Sectoral Comparisons:
    15. Reporting in the inter-American system of human rights protection Antônio Cançado Trindade
    16. The reporting system of the European social charter David Harris
    17. The role of reporting in international environmental treaties: lessons for human rights supervision Daniel Bodansky
    Part IV. Common Challenges for the Treaty Bodies:
    18. The problem of overlapping among different treaty bodies Eric Tistounet
    19. Bodies of knowledge: a diversity promotion role for the UN High Commissioner for human rights? Craig Scott
    20. Treaty bodies in states of emergency: the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina Michael O'Flaherty
    21. Ensuring effective supervisory procedures: the need for resources Elizabeth Evatt
    22. Servicing and financing human rights supervision Markus Schmidt
    Part V. Looking into the Future:
    23. Beyond 'them' and 'us': putting treaty body reform into perspective Philip Alston.

  • Editors

    Philip Alston, New York University

    James Crawford, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    James Crawford, Henry Steiner, Michael Banton, Mara R. Bustelo, Gerrison Lansdown, Scott Leckie, Roland Bank, Andrew Clapham, Anne Gallagher, Martin Scheinin, Yuji Iwasawa, John Dugard, Andrew Byrnes, Stefanie Grant, Antônio Cançado Trindade, David Harris, Daniel Bodansky, Eric Tistounet, Craig Scott, Michael O'Flaherty, Elizabeth Evatt, Markus Schmidt, Philip Alston

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