This book introduces readers to the major human rights institutions, courts, and tribunals and critically assesses their legacy as well as the promise they hold for realizing human rights globally, and the challenges they face in doing so. It traces the rationale of setting up international institutions, courts, and tribunals with the aim of ensuring respect for international human rights law and presents their historic development, and critically analyzes their contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights. At the same time, it asks which promises old and new (and envisaged) human rights institutions hold for safeguarding human rights in light of continuing violations and recent global trends in human rights and politics. The first section presents institutions created within the framework of the United Nations. The second part of the volume assesses how international criminal tribunals have reframed human rights violations as individual criminal acts. The third part of the volume is devoted to established and emerging regional human rights bodies and courts around the world.
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Chapter 1: Human rights institutions: what legitimacy? what authority? Part 1: United Nations human rights institutions Chapter 3: The UN Human Rights Council: achievements 2006-2016 and challenges ahead Chapter 4: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and field operations Chapter 5: UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: impact and future Chapter 6: The UN Human Rights Committee Chapter 7: The UN Committee of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Chapter 8: Gender in the UN: CEDAW and the Commission on the Status of Women Chapter 9: The UN Security Council and human rights Chapter 10: Why a World Court of Human Rights? Part 2: Human rights violations as crimes - international courts and tribunals Chapter 11: The Legacy of Nuremberg and Tokyo Chapter 12: Prosecuting human rights violations: what legacy of the ad hoc criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda? Chapter 13: What future for ad hoc tribunals? Chapter 14: The International Criminal Court between human Rights and realpolitik Chapter 15: Towards effective enforcement of international humanitarian law Chapter 16: Transitional Justice: the legacy and future of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Part 3: Regional human rights systems Chapter 17: The European Court of Human Rights: achievements and prospects Chapter 18: The Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights Chapter 19: The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples' Rights Chapter 20: The Arab Human Rights Commission Chapter 21: The ASEAN Human Rights Commission Chapter 22 : An Agenda for Strengthening Human Rights Institutions.