The Turn to Metrics

Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2012), pp. 222-238

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2013-22

18 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2013 Last revised: 28 Aug 2013

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Malcolm Langford

University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

The New School

Date Written: October 1, 2012

Abstract

Until recently, qualititative methods have been dominant in human rights practice. Nonetheless, the field has not been immune from the global shift towards quantitative measurement and the community of human rights activists, professionals, officials and scholars has begun to explore ways in which different metrics can establish the denial of rights, reveal breaches of obligations and justify new laws or policies. With the advantage of communicative simplicity, quantitative approaches hold out the promise of providing more aggregative and systemic weight to evidential claims. In this introduction to a special issue on the topic, we categorise and showcase different methods, provide critical perspectives, and raise opportunities and challenges for future theory and practice.

Suggested Citation

Langford, Malcolm and Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko, The Turn to Metrics (October 1, 2012). Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2012), pp. 222-238; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2013-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2210082

Malcolm Langford (Contact Author)

University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law ( email )

P.O. Box 6706 St. Olavs plass
N-0130 Oslo
Norway

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

The New School ( email )

66 West 12th St
room 605
New York, NY 10011
United States

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