Human rights, state compliance, and social change: assessing by Ryan Goodman, Thomas Pegram

By Ryan Goodman, Thomas Pegram

Nationwide Human Rights associations (NHRIs) - human rights commissions and ombudsmen - have received acceptance as a potential lacking hyperlink within the transmission and implementation of foreign human rights norms on the family point. also they are more and more accredited as vital members in worldwide and local boards the place foreign norms are produced. by means of gathering cutting edge paintings from specialists spanning foreign legislations, political technology, sociology, and human rights perform, this publication severely examines the importance of this particularly new classification of corporations. It focuses, particularly, at the clients of those associations to effectuate country compliance and social swap. attention is given to the function of NHRIs in delegitimizing - notwithstanding occasionally legitimizing - governments' terrible human rights documents and in mobilizing - notwithstanding occasionally demobilizing - civil society actors. the quantity underscores the wider implications of such cross-cutting examine for scholarship and perform within the fields of human rights and worldwide affairs more often than not.

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On the other hand, Meyer explains, an NHRI can also suggest to activists that mobilization is unnecessary. Finally, Meyer explores a paradox. NHRIs often generate unrealistically high expectations and fail to close that gap. Such a condition can have an unintended, beneicial consequence: it can mobilize advocates and compel authorities over time to reduce the dissonance between lofty formal commitments and continued human rights abuse. 12 on Tue Oct 09 07:20:17 BST 2012. 12 on Tue Oct 09 07:20:17 BST 2012.

Government Human Rights Commissions in Africa (New York: HRW, 2001); Sonia Cardenas and Andrew Flibbert, “National Human Rights Institutions in the Middle East,” Middle East Journal 59 (2005), 411–36; Sonia Cardenas, “National Human Rights Commissions in Asia,” in J. D. Montgomery and N. ” Sonia Cardenas, “Emerging Global Actors: The United Nations and National Human Rights Institutions,” Global Governance 9 (2003), 23–42, following Martha Finnemore, National Interests in International Society (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996).

Lindsnaes et al. ), National Human Rights Institutions: Articles and Working Papers (Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2000); V. Ayeni et al. 12 on Tue Oct 09 07:20:28 BST 2012. 004 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 32 Sonia Cardenas been legalistic or policy-driven, oriented toward describing and improving an institution’s design and effectiveness. 6 Relatively less work on NHRIs, however, has been done from the perspective of the social sciences, providing a more systematic understanding of why NHRIs vary in the ways and to the extent they do.

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