The Use of International Human Rights Law by Civil Society Organizations

ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, Sir Nigel Rodley and Scott Sheeran, eds., Routledge, November 2012

15 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012

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Andrew Clapham

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Date Written: April 2, 2012

Abstract

Civil Society Organizations deploy human rights law every day. It is a weapon of choice for holding governments and others to account for human rights violations. Of course there will be appeals to the values that underpin human rights, such as respect for human dignity and demands for democracy and transparency, but the contemporary normative framework is heavily reliant on human rights law. This law is used in advocacy, campaigning, fact-finding reports, complaints to international bodies, briefs to courts, and to develop the scope and efficacy of the international human rights institutional framework. There are also signs that civil society is starting to use this law to govern its own behaviour.

Suggested Citation

Clapham, Andrew, The Use of International Human Rights Law by Civil Society Organizations (April 2, 2012). ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, Sir Nigel Rodley and Scott Sheeran, eds., Routledge, November 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033259

Andrew Clapham (Contact Author)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies ( email )

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Switzerland

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