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The UN and Human Rights: Who Guards the Guardians?

ISBN13: 9781107617476
Published: August 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2011)
Price: £29.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521841900

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Through an analysis of UN operations including international territorial administration, refugee camps, peacekeeping, the implementation of sanctions and the provision of humanitarian aid, Guglielmo Verdirame shows that the powers exercised by the UN carry a serious risk of human rights abuse. The International Law Commission has codified and developed the law of institutional responsibility, but, while indispensable, these principles and rules cannot on their own ensure compliance and accountability. The 'liberty deficit' of the UN and of other international organisations, thus remains an urgent legal and political problem. Some solutions may be available; indeed, recent state and institutional practice offers interesting examples in this respect. But at a fundamental level we need to ask ourselves whether, judged on the basis of the principle of liberty, the power shift from states to international organisations is always beneficial.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction
2. Concepts and definitions
3. Human rights obligations of international organisations
4. International institutional responsibility
5. UN relief and development operations
6. UN peacekeeping
7. International administrations
8. Implementation of UN sanctions
9. Accountability
10. Conclusions.