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What Works in Human Rights Institutions?

Linos, K; Pegram, T; (2017) What Works in Human Rights Institutions? The American Journal of International Law , 112 (3) 10.1017/ajil.2017.65. Green open access

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Abstract

Since 1993, the United Nations has promoted national human rights institutions (NHRIs); these have spread to almost 120 countries. We assess what makes NHRIs effective, using quantitative and qualitative methods. We find that formal institutional safeguards contribute greatly to NHRI efficacy even in authoritarian and transition regimes. Complaint-handling mandates are particularly useful because they help NHRIs build broad bases of support. Our findings show how international organizations can wield great influence with soft tools such as recommendations and peer-review mechanisms.

Type: Article
Title: What Works in Human Rights Institutions?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/ajil.2017.65
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/ajil.2017.65
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Human Rights, International Organization, International Law, Global Governance, United Nations, Political Economy, National Human Rights Institutions
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10025158
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