International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms

Essays in Honour of Jakob Th. Möller, 2nd Revised Edition

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This revised and updated collection is intended to serve as a thematic textbook on the institutions and procedures devoted to the national implementation of human rights and to the international monitoring of State performance. Albeit not exhaustive, the coverage extends to most of the monitoring instances available at intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations: complaints, fact-finding and investigative procedures, State reporting obligations, good offices actions, dialogue functions, human rights education, dissemination of human rights information, letter campaigns, and technical co-operation.
The target audience of the book is students of international human rights law, but the book can also serve as a guide for both officials and activists involved in the realization of human rights.The success of the first edition has allowed for this second edition. It demonstrates that there is a important demand for literature with a focus on human rights monitoring and follow-up activities.
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Table of contents

Preface to the First Edition; Preface to the Second Edition;
Part I: The United Nations
1 Human Rights in the 21st Century Bertie G. Ramcharan;
2 The United Nations’ Human Rights Machinery: Developments and Challenges iPetter F. Wille;
Part II: The Treaty-based System
3 State Reports Morten Kjærum;
4 Follow-Up Activities by UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures Mechanisms of the Human Rights Council – Recent Developments
Markus Schmidt;
5 Petitions before the United Nations Treaty Bodies: Focus on the Human Rights Committee’s Optional Protocol Procedure 35 Alfred de Zayas;
6 The Human Rights Committee’s Jurisprudence under Article 26 of the ICCPR: The Hidden Revolution Carla Edelenbos;
7 The Petition System under ICERD: An Unfulfilled Promise Theo van Boven;
8 CEDAW and the Optional Protocol: First Experiences Cees Flinterman and Ginney Liu;
9 CAT and Articles 20 and 22 Bent Sørensen;
10 Monitoring the CRC Lucy Smith;
11 A Brief Look at The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families M. Arthur Robinson Diakité;
12 N egotiating the Monitoring Mechanism for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Anna Bruce;
Part III: The Resolution-based System under the UN Charter
13 Five Years of Working in the UN Commission on Human Rights: Some Reflections for the Future Work of the UN Human Rights Council Ulrika Sundberg;
14 The Establishment of the UN Human Rights Council Jan Eliasson;
15 What Effect if Any Will the UN Human Rights Council Have on Special Procedures? Lyal S. Sunga;
16 Institutional Re-engineering for Effective Human Rights Monitoring: Proposals for the Unfinished Business under the “New” Human Rights Council Ibrahim Salama;
17 Urgent Action Sir Nigel Rodley;
Part IV: The UN Secretariat
18 The Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertie G. Ramcharan;
19 Human Rights Field Operations Michael O’Flaherty;
20 The United Nations Programme of Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights Craig G. Mokhiber;
21 Mainstreaming Human Rights in the United Nations Zdzisław Kędzia;
Part V: The Principle Organs and Other UN Agencies
22 The Security Council and Human Rights Jan Klabbers;
23 The International Court of Justice – Monitoring Human Rights Jonas Grimheden;
24 International Criminal Adjudication Bodies: To What Extent Can They
Promote Human Rights Effectively in Post-Conflict Situations? Ilaria Bottigliero;
25 The International Criminal Tribunals William A. Schabas;
26 The Normative Impact of Human Rights on Programming in the UNDP Patrick van Weerelt and Zanofer Ismalebbe;
27 The International Labour Organization and Human Rights: Access to the ILO Lee Swepston;
28 Role of UNESCO in Human Rights Implementation Bhaswati Mukherjee;
29 The World Bank Inspection Panel Laurence Boisson de Chazournes;
30 Monitoring the Human Right to Adequate Food at Country Level Maarten Immink and Margret Vidar;
31 The Role of UNHCR in the Monitoring and Implementation of Human
Rights Standards for Refugees and Other Persons of Concern Christoph Bierwirth;
Part VI: Selected Issues
32 Human Rights Education Anette Faye Jacobsen;
33 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: A Multifaceted Approach to Human Rights Monitoring Elsa Stamatopoulou;
34 Minorities at the United Nations Asbjørn Eide;
35 Monitoring the Rights of the Internally Displaced Maria Stavropoulou;
36 Voluntary Reporting: The Global Compact Radu Mares;
37 Terrorism and Human Rights Monitoring Iain Cameron;
38 Monitoring Human Rights Obligations and the Fight against Terrorism: Whose Obligations? And Monitored How? Martin Scheinin;
39 Indicators for Monitoring Human Rights Jonas Grimheden;
40 Sexual Orientation Discrimination: A Necessary and Emerging Area of United Nations Concern Timothy Maldoon;
Part VII: The Council of Europe
41 Inter-State Complaints under Treaty Provisions – The Experience under the European Convention on Human Rights Søren C. Prebensen;
42 Control of Execution of Decisions under the European Convention on Human Rights – A Perspective on Democratic Security, Inter-governmental Cooperation, Unification and Individual Justice in Europe Fredrik G. E. Sundberg;
43 The European Court of Human Rights – Past, Present and Future: An Introduction to the Strasbourg Court Elisabet Fura-Sandström;
44 The European Convention for the Prevention of Torture Eric Svanidze;
45 The European Social Charter Regis Brillat;
46 The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg and John Dalhuisen;
47 The Monitoring Procedure of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly ;Jan Kleijssen
48 The “Pilot-judgment” Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights David Thór Björgvinsson;
49 Monitoring against Discrimination and Xenophobia – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Lauri Hannikainen;
Part VIII: The Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe
50 Monitoring the Human Dimension of the OSCE Arie Bloed;
51 Monitoring by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Eric Manton and Bernhard Knoll;
Part IX: The European Union
52 The EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights Rhona K. M. Smith;
53 Fundamental Rights in the EU, with Special Emphasis on the Case-law of the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) Allan Rosas;
54 The EU as an External Human Rights Actor Sybilla Fries and Allan Rosas;
55 The European Parliament as a Human Rights Monitoring Mechanism Ana Gomes;
56 The Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union Olivier De Schutter and Valérie Van Goethem;
Part X: Other Regional Mechanisms
57 Basic Facts of the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American Human Rights System Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón;
58 The Commission and the Court under the African Human Rights System Muna Ndulo;
59 Human Rights Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific Region Vitit Muntarbhorn;
Part XI: Other Institutions and Organisations
60 Parliamentary Human Rights Mechanisms Anders B. Johnsson;
61 National Human Rights Institutions Brian Burdekin;
62 The Role of Bar Associations and Law Societies in the Implementation of Human Rights Ragnar Aðalsteinsson;
63 The Role of NGOs – An Overview Rachel Brett;
64 Minority Rights Group International Clive Baldwin;
65 Monitoring Human Rights in Post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Human Rights Chamber and Its Contribution to the Establishment of Rule of Law in Post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina Ekkehard Strauss;
Part XII: The Future
66 Eight Reasons Why We Need a World Court of Human Rights Manfred Nowak;
67 National Protection Systems Bertie G. Ramcharan;
68 Early Warning and Prevention Bertram G. Ramcharan;
Jakob Th. Möller – Curriculum vitae; Index.

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