The Proof is in the Process: Self-Reporting Under International Human Rights Treaties

50 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2020

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Cosette D. Creamer

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law; Harvard University - Department of Government; Boston University School of Law

Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: February 7, 2020

Abstract

Recent research has shown that state reporting to human rights monitoring bodies is associated with improvements in rights practices, calling into question earlier claims that self-reporting is inconsequential. Yet little work has been done to explore the theoretical mechanisms that plausibly account for this association. This Article systematically documents — across treaties, countries, and years — four mechanisms through which reporting can contribute to human rights improvements: elite socialization, learning and capacity building, domestic mobilization, and law development. These mechanisms have implications for the future of human rights treaty monitoring.

Keywords: International law, human rights, international agreements, treaty body system, self-reporting systems, periodic review, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, socialization theory, treaty implementation, treaty compliance, reporting & responding, judicial enforcement of human rights

Suggested Citation

Creamer, Cosette D. and Simmons, Beth A., The Proof is in the Process: Self-Reporting Under International Human Rights Treaties (February 7, 2020). 114 Am J. Int'l L. 1 (2020); U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3536566

Cosette D. Creamer

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