A Commentary on the Paris Principles on National Human Rights Institutions

A Commentary on the Paris Principles on National Human Rights Institutions

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Gauthier de Beco, Rachel Murray
Cambridge University Press, 11/6/2014
EAN 9781107035737, ISBN10: 1107035732

Hardcover, 208 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

The Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (the Paris Principles) were adopted by National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and endorsed by both the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Commission. Since their adoption, they have become the standards applicable to these institutions with a mandate to promote and protect human rights. This book offers a complete study of the Paris Principles, which includes an appraisal of their establishment, evolution and potential for the future; a comprehensive commentary on each provision; and a practical guide to their interpretation, including the implications they have for the implementation of the competencies of NHRIs. This is the first book to thoroughly analyse the Paris Principles and will be essential reading for a global audience of both practitioners working for NHRIs and the UN as well as human rights scholars.

List of abbreviations
Part I. Background
History and Challenges
1. Introduction, history and context
2. Challenges
Part II. Commentary Principle by Principle
3. Competence
4. Mandate
5. Pluralism and representativeness
6. Independence
7. Working methods and strategy
8. Quasi-judicial powers
9. Stakeholders
Part III. Twenty Years Later
Future of Paris Principles
10. An evaluation of the Paris Principles
Annex I. Principles relating to the status of national institutions (the Paris Principles)
Annex II. ICC general observations as at May 2013