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UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies
Law and Legitimacy

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Part of Studies on Human Rights Conventions

Helen Keller, Geir Ulfstein, Walter Kälin, Leena Grover, Urfan Khaliq, Robin Churchill, Birgit Schlütter, Nigel S. Rodley, Rosanne van Alebeek, André Nollkaemper
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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006546

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  • The effective implementation of human rights treaty obligations in national law is subject to increasing attention. The main responsibility for the international monitoring of national implementation at the global level is entrusted to the UN human rights treaty bodies. These bodies are established by the respective human rights conventions and are composed of independent experts. This book examines three aspects of these bodies: the legal aspects of their structure, functions and decisions; their effectiveness in ensuring respect for human rights obligations; and the legitimacy of these bodies and their decisions. Containing contributions from a variety of eminent legal experts, including present and former members of the treaty bodies, the analysis should be read in light of the ongoing effort to strengthen treaty bodies under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the involvement of relevant stakeholders.

    • Places human rights treaty bodies in their general international institutional context and analyses their special legal features
    • Analyses the legitimacy of the human rights treaty bodies and their decisions
    • Discusses the effectiveness of the human rights treaty bodies in ensuring respect for human rights obligations, a hitherto under-explored area
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006546
    • length: 490 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Helen Keller and Geir Ulfstein
    2. Examination of state reports Walter Kälin
    3. Individual complaints Geir Ulfstein
    4. General comments of the Human Rights Committee and their legitimacy Helen Keller and Leena Grover
    5. The protection of economic and social rights: a particular challenge? Urfan Khaliq and Robin Churchill
    6. Aspects of human rights interpretation by the UN Treaty bodies Birgit Schlütter
    7. UN Treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council Nigel S. Rodley
    8. The legal status of decisions by human rights treaty bodies in national law Rosanne van Alebeek and André Nollkaemper
    9. Conclusions Helen Keller and Geir Ulfstein.

  • Editors

    Helen Keller, Universität Zürich
    Helen Keller is Professor of Constitutional, European and Public International Law at the University of Zurich. She served as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 2008 until 2011, when she was elected as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

    Geir Ulfstein, Universitetet i Oslo
    Geir Ulfstein is Professor of International Law at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo. He is also a former Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.


    Helen Keller, Geir Ulfstein, Walter Kälin, Leena Grover, Urfan Khaliq, Robin Churchill, Birgit Schlütter, Nigel S. Rodley, Rosanne van Alebeek, André Nollkaemper

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