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Strengthening of Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Body System: Quick Guide

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ECOSOC Meeting Focuses on Strengthening Human Rights Treaty Bodies. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks at the treaty body strengthening consultations for States party to international human rights treaties held by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today. On stage, from left to right are: Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly; Ms. Pillay; and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 02 April 2012 United Nations, New York

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The Human Rights Treaty Bodies are committees of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties by the States parties to these treaties.  These bodies face numerous challenges in fulfilling their mandates as the number of treaties and state parties grow.

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The website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the best place to start your research on UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies. Here are some resources from the OHCHR that will help you in your research.

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Abashidze, Aslan. "The Process of Strengthening the Human Rights Treaty Body System" Czech Yearbook of International Law vol. 5 (2014), 3-18.

Bernaz, Nadia., "Continuing Evolution of UN Treaty Bodies System" in Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law. Edited by Rodley, Nigel S.;  Sheeran, Scott. New York : Routledge. 2014. Available as an ebook.

Egan, Suzanne, "Strengthening the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body SystemHuman Rights Law Review 13:2(2013), 209-243

O'Flaherty, Michael and Claire O'Brien,  "Reform of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies: A Critique of the Concept Paper on the High Commissioner's Proposal for a Unified Standing Treaty Body" Human Rights Law Review 7:1 (2007), 141-172.

International Service for Human Rights. 2010:

Pedone, Joanne; Kloster, Andrew R., "New Proposals for Human Rights Treaty Body Reform"  Journal of Transnational Law & Policy 22: (2012-2013) 29. 

Morijn, John. "Reforming United Nations Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Reform" Netherlands International Law Review, 58:3 (2011), 295.

Wakefield, Megan, "The International Human Rights Treaty System: Impact at the Domestic and International LevelsHuman Rights Brief. 21:1 (Winter2014), 32-36.

  • Remarks by UN Comissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay  and interview with Claudio Grossman, Chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

The Dublin Statement

The Dublin Statement was adopted by current and former members of the treaty monitoring bodies and contains recommendations for the process of strengthening the treaty body system. For further information about the Dublin Statement, see:

O'Flaherty, Michael, "Dublin Statement on the Process of Strengthening of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body System," Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 28:1 (2010)116-127. 

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