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In Defense of Politicization of Human Rights: The UN Special Procedures

Elvira Domínguez-Redondo


International human rights mechanisms’ efficiency is normally linked to the work of independent experts keen to push the boundaries of accountability, against recalcitrant states determined to defend their sovereignty. As a corollary, progress in this field is associated with the creation and maintenance of political free spaces. Another common presumption, rather than fact, is a belief in a differentiated “North” versus “South” approach to the promotion and protection of human rights, that finds solid ground within the prevalent human rights discourses repeated by governmental and non-governm ... More

Keywords: Special Procedures, politicization, human rights, Human Rights Council, United Nations, Special Rapporteur, independent expert, North-South divide, geographic mandate, thematic mandate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197516706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197516706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elvira Domínguez-Redondo, author
Associate Professor of International Law, Middlesex University