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Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance

Pegram, T; (2015) Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance. Millennium - Journal of International Studies , 43 (2) pp. 618-639. 10.1177/0305829814562016. Green open access

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Abstract

The global human rights regime has undergone extraordinary expansion in the last thirty years. It is particularly notable for its profusion of state and non-state actors and levels of formal articulation. This article seeks to make legible the human rights governance architecture from the global to the local level, within an issue-specific domain. Orchestration theory is employed as a general mode of governance, with application across political units and political levels. Orchestration applies when a focal actor enlists and supports third-party actors to address the target indirectly in pursuit of shared governance objectives. Using the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) as an example, the article explores the authority relationship across two central political units (the orchestrator and intermediary), with a focus on how this new global human rights architecture may offer a way of bridging the steps separating international instruments from practices on the ground.

Type: Article
Title: Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0305829814562016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305829814562016
Language: English
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Keywords: Global governance, international organisation, architecture, human rights
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1462795
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