Towards Minimum Standards for Regional Human Rights Systems

ESSAYS ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN HONOR OF W. MICHAEL REISMAN, Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, Jacob Katz Cogan, Robert D. Sloane & Siegfried Wiessner, eds., 2010

45 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2010 Last revised: 20 Feb 2015

Christof Heyns

Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Magnus Killander

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Date Written: November 4, 2009

Abstract

The last few years have seen an increased number of inter-governmental organisatons establishing institutions with a mandate to promote and protect human rights. The article first sets out to establish some of the common features of the structural make-up of the three established regional human rights systems in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Based on the findings of this inquiry guidelines for regional inter-governmental organisations and their human rights mechanisms are proposed.

The Terms of Reference of the recently established ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the mechanisms established under the Arab Charter on Human Rights are considered in the light of the proposed guidelines. The article further explores developments in respect of some other regional and sub-regional human rights initiatives.

Keywords: human rights, monitoring, regional

Suggested Citation

Heyns, Christof and Killander, Magnus, Towards Minimum Standards for Regional Human Rights Systems (November 4, 2009). ESSAYS ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN HONOR OF W. MICHAEL REISMAN, Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, Jacob Katz Cogan, Robert D. Sloane & Siegfried Wiessner, eds., 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1572441

Christof Heyns

Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria ( email )

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Pretoria, 5100
South Africa

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Magnus Killander (Contact Author)

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria ( email )

Pretoria, 0002
South Africa

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