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The United Nations Special Procedures System

Edited by: Aoife Nolan, Rosa Freedman, Therese Murphy

ISBN13: 9789004304697
Published: January 2017
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
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The United Nations Special Procedures system is a key element of the evolving international framework for human rights protection and promotion. However, despite the system’s expansion, the range of roles and functions performed by mandate holders, and the mounting evidence of its strengths and limitations, there has been very little academic interrogation or analysis of Special Procedures. This lacuna is ever-more problematic given the growing profile and effectiveness of the Special Procedures’ work, as well as the increasing attention and challenges that they face, both externally from States and internally from within the UN system. Given the current ‘state of play’ of Special Procedures, it is essential that scholarly attention be focussed upon the system. How does it contribute to international human rights protection? How, when and why does it fail to do so? What steps can and should be taken to address shortcomings both within the system and in terms of the legal and political context within which it operates? Featuring expert contributions from key players within, and expert commentators on, the Special Procedures system, this volume addresses these questions in an in-depth and rigorous scholarly manner.

Public International Law
PART 1: The ‘System’ of Special Procedures
The History of the Special Procedures: A ‘Learning-by-Doing’ Approach to Human Rights Implementation Elvira Domínguez-Redondo
Special Procedures: Independence and Impartiality Jane Connors
Picking and Choosing? Country Visits by Thematic Special Procedures Felice Gaer
The UN Special Procedures System: The Role of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures Najat Maalla M’jid
Strengthening Cooperation: The Key to Unlocking the Potential of the Special Procedures Marc Limon
PART 2: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges through Mandate Holders’ Work
Coping Mechanisms for State Non-Cooperation Ahmed Shaheed and Rose Parris Richter
Doing It All and Doing It Well? A Mandate’s Challenges in terms of Cooperation, Fundraising and Maintaining Independence Inga T. Winkler and Catarina de Albuquerque
Working Out a Working Group: A View from a Former Working Group Member Olivier de Frouville
Special Procedures in the Digital Age Ella McPherson and Thomas Probert
Principle, Politics and Practice: The Role of UN Special Rapporteurs in the Development of the Right to Housing in International Law Jessie Hohmann
Life as a UN Special Rapporteur: The Experience of the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi
Business and Human Rights in the United Nations Special Procedures System Daria Davitti
The Challenge of Non-State Actors: The Experience of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (2002–08) Paul Hunt
PART 3: Special Procedures and the ‘Bigger Picture’
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in the Developing Architecture of UN Torture Protection
Malcolm Evans
The African State and Special Procedures: Agency, Leverage and Legitimacy Danielle Beswick and Jonathan Fisher
Supporting or Resisting? The Relationship between Global North States and Special Procedures Rosa Freedman and François Crépeau
Ending Reprisals: The Role and Responsibilities of the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council Phil Lynch