The Legal Status of Normative Pronouncements of Human Rights Treaty Bodies

1 COEXISTENCE, COOPERATION AND SOLIDARITY 553-575, Holger P. Hestermeyer et al. eds., 2011

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-59

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-59

25 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013

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Dinah L. Shelton

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This essay examines international human rights treaties and the statements that tribunals and other organizations make about them. Next, the essay discusses the general non-binding nature of treaties and describes use of General Comments and other interpretive statements. The essay concludes that increasing unofficial commentary on human rights organs’ decisions and increased compliance will encourage more states to comply and make it “increasingly difficult for a single state to hold out.”

Keywords: human rights, treaties, reservations, acquiescence

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Shelton, Dinah L., The Legal Status of Normative Pronouncements of Human Rights Treaty Bodies (2011). 1 COEXISTENCE, COOPERATION AND SOLIDARITY 553-575, Holger P. Hestermeyer et al. eds., 2011, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-59, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-59, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2235228

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