Monitoring and Oversight of Human Rights in Closed Environments

137 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2013 Last revised: 19 Nov 2013

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Bronwyn Naylor

RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law; Monash University - Faculty of Law

Inez Dussuyer

Victoria University

Julie Debeljak

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Stuart Thomas

Monash University

Date Written: November 29, 2010

Abstract

This edited collection is an outcome of an Australian Research Council Linkage grant project, ‘Applying Human Rights in Closed Environments: A Strategic Framework for Managing Compliance’. As part of the ARC project a major Roundtable was convened in Melbourne in November 2010 to examine the role of monitoring and oversight bodies in protecting human and to identify current practices and future possibilities for mechanisms for accountability and oversight of human rights practices in closed environments. The papers address four broad themes:

•What makes an effective monitoring body? What bodies are currently performing human rights monitoring in closed environments in Australia? Where might the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) fit with these schemes?

•How do volunteer and advocacy groups produce change and what is their relationship with other monitoring or oversight agencies? •Is ‘human rights’ the most effective framework to be used by monitoring bodies? •How might new initiatives and oversight agencies come to be established and work effectively?

Keywords: Human Rights, Detention, Prisons, Immigration, Forensic Mental Health, Disability, Monitoring, Ombudsman

JEL Classification: H53, H56, H11, I18, I38, K10, K14, K12, K40

Suggested Citation

Naylor, Bronwyn and Dussuyer, Inez and Debeljak, Julie and Thomas, Stuart, Monitoring and Oversight of Human Rights in Closed Environments (November 29, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2331213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2331213

Bronwyn Naylor (Contact Author)

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Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Inez Dussuyer

Victoria University ( email )

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Julie Debeljak

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Stuart Thomas

Monash University ( email )

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