This book examines the engagement of African states with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Mechanism (UPR). This human rights mechanism is known for its pacific and non-confrontational approach to monitoring state human rights implementation. Coming at the end of the first three cycles of the UPR, the work offers a detailed analysis into the effectiveness of African states’ engagement and its potential impact. It develops a framework which comprehensively evaluates aspects of states’ UPR engagement such as the pre-review national consultation process and implementation of UPR recommendations which, until recently, have received little attention. The book considers the potential for acculturation in engagement with the UPR and unpacks the impact of politics, regionalism, cultural relativism, rights ritualism and civil society.
The work provides a useful guide for policymakers and international human rights law practitioners as well as a valuable resource for international legal and international relations academics and researchers.
1 The Establishment and Operation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR);
2 Theoretical Understanding of the UPR: A Case for Acculturation?;
3 Compliance, Implementation or Effectiveness? Clarifying the basis for Assessing State UPR Engagement;
4 Nigeria’s Engagement with the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review: Potential for Acculturation or Risk of Regression?;
5 Kenya and the Universal Periodic Review: The Impact of Effective NGO Engagement;
6 NGOs vs State Recommendations and The Relationship between the UPR and other Human Rights Mechanisms: The Case of Kenya;
7 The Effectiveness of South Africa’s Engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Potential for Ritualism?;
8 The Gambia and the UPR: Rhetoric, Inaction and the Effect of Regime Change;
This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.