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Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review
Rituals and Ritualism

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Hilary Charlesworth, Emma Larking, Walter Kälin, Jane Cowan, Julie Billaud, Roland Chauville, Heather Collister, Ben Schockman, Philip Lynch, Sarah Joseph, Benjamin Authers, Natalie Baird, Constance de la Vega, Cassandra Yamasaki, Takele Soboka Bulto, Yuyan Wahyuningrum
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  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107086302

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  • The Universal Periodic Review is an intriguing and ambitious development in human rights monitoring which breaks new ground by engaging all 193 members of the United Nations. This book provides the first sustained analysis of the Review and explains how the Review functions within the architecture of the United Nations. It draws on socio-legal scholarship and the insights of human rights practitioners with direct experience of the Review in order to consider its regulatory power and its capacity to influence the behaviour of states. It also highlights the significance of the embodied features of the Review, with its cyclical and intricately managed interactive dialogues. Additionally, it discusses the rituals associated with the Review, examines the tendency of the Review towards hollow ritualism (which undermines its aspiration to address human rights violations comprehensively) and suggests how this ritualism might be overcome.

    • The first book-length scholarly engagement with the Universal Periodic Review, which is central to the United Nations system for monitoring human rights
    • Contributors combine academic experience in law, anthropology and human rights with practical experience as human rights advocates and representatives of NGOs which engage directly with the Universal Periodic Review
    • Focuses on rituals and ritualism, which have until now been largely ignored in socio-legal scholarship
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    '… the first comprehensive published study of the UPR. … Consequently … the position of this book is constructive. Using different lenses to consider the phenomenon of why states embrace the language and rituals of human rights but routinely ignore the obligations they have accepted helps towards understanding and improving where international human rights law lacks implementation. The book aimed to highlight the presence of ritual in the UPR and to fill the gap on how the UPR functions as a regulatory mechanism. The aim is met: the book demonstrates that the UPR is potentially capable of mere ritualism and being able to transcend it. While this nuanced picture denies an appeal to the simplicity of a panoptic approach, it fits readily with the complex nature of the mechanism with its multitude of actors, issues and attitudes.' Lucy Richardson, Human Rights Law Review

    'There can be little doubting the contribution this book makes to the literature on the universal periodic review process, the UN Human Rights Council and more generally international human rights. … [it will] inevitably be perused with interest by academics, students, civil society organisations, and governments.' Rhona K. M. Smith, Nordic Journal of Human Rights

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107086302
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the regulatory power of the Universal Periodic Review Hilary Charlesworth and Emma Larking
    Part I. Ritual, Ritualism and the Universal Periodic Review:
    1. Ritual and ritualism at the Universal Periodic Review: a preliminary appraisal Walter Kälin
    2. The Universal Periodic Review as a public audit ritual: an anthropological perspective on emerging practices in the global governance of human rights Jane Cowan
    3. Keepers of the truth: producing 'transparent' documents for the Universal Periodic Review Julie Billaud
    Part II. Assessing and Engaging with the Universal Periodic Review:
    4. The Universal Periodic Review's first cycle: successes and failures Roland Chauville
    5. Rituals and implementation in the Universal Periodic Review and the human rights treaty bodies Heather Collister
    6. Effective NGO engagement with the Universal Periodic Review Ben Schockman and Philip Lynch
    7. Global media coverage of the Universal Periodic Review process Sarah Joseph
    Part III. State and Regional Engagement with the Universal Periodic Review:
    8. Representation and suspicion in Canada's appearance under the Universal Periodic Review Benjamin Authers
    9. The Universal Periodic Review: building a bridge between the Pacific and Geneva? Natalie Baird
    10. The effects of the Universal Periodic Review on human rights practices in the United States Constance de la Vega and Cassandra Yamasaki
    11. Africa's engagement with the Universal Periodic Review: commitment or capitulation? Takele Soboka Bulto
    12. Indonesia and the Universal Periodic Review: negotiating rights Yuyan Wahyuningrum.

  • Editors

    Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University, Canberra
    Hilary Charlesworth is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of International Law in RegNet at the Australian National University, Canberra, where she is also Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice.

    Emma Larking, Australian National University, Canberra
    Emma Larking is an Australian Research Council Laureate postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for International Governance and Justice at the Australian National University.

    Contributors

    Hilary Charlesworth, Emma Larking, Walter Kälin, Jane Cowan, Julie Billaud, Roland Chauville, Heather Collister, Ben Schockman, Philip Lynch, Sarah Joseph, Benjamin Authers, Natalie Baird, Constance de la Vega, Cassandra Yamasaki, Takele Soboka Bulto, Yuyan Wahyuningrum

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