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Mainstreaming Human Rights


Christopher McCrudden


Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School


HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE COMMUNITY: RIGHTS AS AGENTS FOR CHANGE, Colin Harvey, ed., Hart, 2004

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The advent of the Human Rights Act 1998 has significantly increased consideration of how best to ensure the effective delivery of human rights in the United Kingdom. In this paper I examine an additional mechanism, the "mainstreaming" of human rights in governmental decision-making, which may help to address some of the limits of existing approaches to human rights compliance. By "mainstreaming," I mean the reorganization, improvement, development and evaluation of policy processes, so that a human rights perspective is incorporated in all policies at all levels and at all stages, by the actors normally involved in policy-making. My discussion of the issue reaches the conclusion that mainstreaming human rights is a desirable policy but that there is a need for considerably more discussion as to the most effective practical means of achieving this and that some methods that have been suggested might be counter-productive. I attempt to draw out some of the issues that need to be considered in adopting mainstreaming. In particular, the applicability of existing approaches to equality mainstreaming to human rights is examined.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: mainstreaming, human rights, United Kingdom

JEL Classification: K10, K23

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Date posted: July 26, 2004  

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McCrudden, Christopher, Mainstreaming Human Rights. HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE COMMUNITY: RIGHTS AS AGENTS FOR CHANGE, Colin Harvey, ed., Hart, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=568642

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Christopher McCrudden (Contact Author)
Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )
School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
Ireland
University of Michigan Law School ( email )
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
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