The United Nations Special Procedures system is a key element of the expanding international framework for human rights protection and promotion. However, despite the system's expansion, the range of roles and functions performed by mandate holders, and the growing evidence of its strengths and limitations, there has been very little academic interrogation or analysis of Special Procedures. This lacuna is ever-more problematic given the growing profile and effectiveness of the Special Procedures' work, as well as the increasing attention and challenges that they face, both externally from States and internally from within the UN system. Given the current 'state of play' of Special Procedures, it is essential that scholarly attention be focused upon the system. How does it contribute to international human rights protection? How, when and why does it fail to do so? What steps can and should be taken to address shortcomings both within the system and in terms of the legal and political context within which it operates? 0Featuring expert contributions from key players within, and expert commentators on, the Special Procedures system, this volume addresses these questions in an in-depth and rigorous scholarly manner.
This volume has its genesis in an expert workshop on the United Nations Special Procedures System which was held at the University of Nottingham in Noverber 2014 --Acknowledgements.
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The history of the special procedures : a learning-by-doing approach to human rights implementation / Elvira Dominguez-Redondo Special procedures : independence and impartiality / Jane Connors Picking and choosing? Country visits by thematic special procedures / Felice D. Gaer The UN special procedures system : the role of the coordination committee of special procedures / Najat Maala M'jid Strengthening cooperation : the key to unlocking the potential of the special procedures / Mare Limon Coping mechanisms for state non-cooperation / Ahmed Shaheed and Rose Parris Richter Doing it all and doing it well? A mandate's challenges in terms of cooperation, fundraising and maintaining independence / Inga T. Winkler and Catarina de Albuquerque Working out a working group : a view from a former working group member / Olivier de Frouville Special procedures in the digital age / Ella McPherson and Thomas Probert Principle, politics and practice : the role of UN special rapporteurs on the right to adequate housing in the development of the right to housing in International law / Jessie Hohmann Life as a UN special rapporteur : the experience of the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia / Surya P. Subedi Business and human rights in the United nations special procedures system / Daria Davitti The chalenge of non-state actors : the experience of the UN special rapporteur on the rights to the highest attainable standard of health (2002-08) / Paul Hunt The UN special rapporteur on torture in the developing architecture of UN torture protection / Malcolm Evans The African state and speical procedures : agency, leverage and legitimacy / Jonathan Fisher and Danielle Beswick Supporting of resisting? The relationship between Global North States and special procedures / Rosa Freedman and Franc̜ois Crépeau Ending resprisals : the role and responsibilities of the special procedures of the UN human rights council / Phil Lynch.