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Governance by IndicatorsGlobal Power through Quantification and Rankings$
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Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.001.0001

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Measuring Human Rights

Measuring Human Rights

UN Indicators in Critical Perspective*

(p.297) 12 Measuring Human Rights
Governance by Indicators

AnnJanette Rosga

Margaret L. Satterthwaite

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses several efforts to use indicators within the law of international human rights. It identifies the criticisms made to these efforts, and states that there is an increasing potential for suitable tempered indicators to play valuable roles. It then takes a look at the project of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is aimed to create internationally-prescribed indicators for a number of primary UN human rights treaties. It determines that these indicators may help in addressing the concerns of the perceived legitimacy of the supervisory committees under these treaties. This chapter also suggests that indicators may play a role in assisting peoples and publics to use the kinds of pressures and constraints on governments that human rights advocates have long sought after.

Keywords:   law of international human rights, criticisms, tempered indicators, internationally-prescribed indicators, human rights treaties, supervisory committees, human rights advocates

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