New Book on UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies
Helen Keller and Geir Ulfstein (Head of the MultiRights' Legal Research Team) have edited the first volume of the prestigious Cambridge University Press new series Studies on Human Rights Conventions.
The effective implementation of human rights treaty obligations in national law is subject to increasing attention. The main responsibility for the monitoring of national implementation at the global level is entrusted to the UN human rights treaty bodies. These bodies are established by the respective human rights conventions and are composed of independent experts. This book examines these bodies from three perspectives: the legal aspects of their structure, functions and decisions; their effectiveness in ensuring respect for human rights obligations; and the legitimacy of these bodies and their decisions. Containing contributions from a variety of eminent legal experts, including present and former members of the treaty bodies, the analysis should be read in light of the ongoing effort to strengthen treaty bodies under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.
The book includes contributions of Walter Kälin, Geir Ulfstein, Helen Keller and Leena Grover, Urfan Khaliq and Robin Churchill, Birgit Schlütter (Peters), Nigel S. Rodley, and Rosanne van Alebeek and André Nollkaemper.
A book launch was held on October 10 at the Law Faculty of the University of Oslo, with the participation of Prof. Mads Andenæs as commentator.
More information on the book.