The Human Rights Council: The Impact of the Universal Periodic Review in Africa, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Human Rights Council

The Impact of the Universal Periodic Review in Africa, 1st Edition

By Damian Etone


248 pages

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Hardback: 9780367182496
pub: 2020-03-02
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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.

Table of Contents

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;

About the Author

Dr Damian Etone is a Lecturer at Faculty of Law and Philosophy, University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / International
LAW / Public
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights