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What Works in Human Rights Institutions?

Linos, K. & Pegram, T. (2017) The American Journal of International Law, 112 (3), pp. 1-61 Forthcoming

61 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2017  

Katerina Linos

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Tom Pegram

University College London

Date Written: October 19, 2017

Abstract

Since 1993, the United Nations has promoted national human rights institutions (NHRIs); these have spread to almost 120 countries. We assess what makes NHRIs effective, using quantitative and qualitative methods. We find that formal institutional safeguards contribute greatly to NHRI efficacy even in authoritarian and transition regimes. Complaint-handling mandates are particularly useful because they help NHRIs build broad bases of support. Our findings show how international organizations can wield great influence with soft tools such as recommendations and peer-review mechanisms.

Keywords: International Law, Global Governance, International Relations, Political Economy, International Organization, Human Rights, United Nations, National Human Rights Institutions

Suggested Citation

Linos, Katerina and Pegram, Tom, What Works in Human Rights Institutions? (October 19, 2017). Linos, K. & Pegram, T. (2017) The American Journal of International Law, 112 (3), pp. 1-61 Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3055924

Katerina Linos

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Tom Pegram (Contact Author)

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