The United Nations has been at the forefront of developing the international law of human rights for nearly seven decades. This volume brings together the leading research articles on the development of human rights law by the United Nations and also includes essays on issues relating to standard-setting, institutional evolution, and the creation of monitoring procedures.
Contents: Introduction; Part I The UN Charter and Human Rights: The human rights law of the charter, Louis B. Sohn; The responsibility to protect: the role of international human rights law, Emma McClean. Part II UN Law-Making on Human Rights: Are human rights resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly law-making?, Heinz Guradze; Standard setting in human rights: critique and prognosis, Makau Mutua. Part III The Charter-Based Organs, Institutions and Procedures: The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1982-1997: a study of ’targeted’ resolutions, Ron Wheeler; The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: the history of a contested project, Theo Van Boven; Human rights issues in the UN General Assembly, Edward T. Rowe; The pillar of glass: human rights in the development operations of the United Nations, Mac Darrow and Louise Arbour; The United Nations Human Rights Council: politics, power and human rights, Kevin Boyle; Special procedures and the Human Rights Council: achievements and challenges ahead, Jeroen Gutter. Part IV UN Treaty Bodies: The concluding observations of United Nations human rights treaty bodies, Michael O’Flaherty; General Comment 24: confronting the problem of reservations to human rights treaties, Elena A. Baylis. Part V Human Rights in the UN Specialized Agencies: The United Nations' specialized agencies and implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Philip Alston; The International Labor Organization in the stag hunt for global labor rights, Alan Hyde; Making the World Health Organization work: a legal framework for universal access to the conditions for health, Allyn Lise Taylor; UNICEF’s mission to protect the rights of the child, Rebecca Rios-Kohn; The UNESCO human rights procedure: an evaluation, David Weissbrodt and Rose Farley. Part VI Assessments and Critiques: The United Nations’ compact with business: hindering or helping the protection of human rights?, Jus