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ISGA Research Seminar: National Human Rights Institutions as Expert Actors in Global Human Rights Governance: The Case of the UN Universal Periodic Review

Monday 17 October 2022
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Common room ISGA, and via Teams (keek op de week link).

About this research seminar

Key actors in the multi-level governance of human rights, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are the sole independent, non-judicial bodies that assist states with the domestic implementation of international human rights provisions. Acting as a bridge between the national and international level, one of their main tasks is to provide independent human rights expertise to facilitate states’ participation in international human rights governance mechanisms, such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.

Whereas the formal opportunities provided for NHRIs to contribute their expertise to the Universal Periodic Review(UPR) are clearly specified by the UN, we have limited understanding of the extent to which NHRIs are able to make use of these opportunities, and the limitations they face when they seek to participate as independent expert actors in all the stages of the reviewing mechanism.
In this paper, we shed light on the conditions under which NHRIs are capable to successfully perform their role as experts in the context of the UPR process.
To do so, we propose an original framework to assess the condition for successful NHRI participation as independent experts in human rights governance mechanisms and tests this framework in the case of the UPR. Data are collected by means of an online survey and semi-structured interviews, which targeted NHRI officials in the Asia-Pacific region. 

About the speaker and the discussant

Dr. Valentina Carraro is an Assistant Professor in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) and the Institute of Political Science. Her research interests include the governance of human rights- and violence-related challenges, global and regional human rights governance, state compliance with international law, and the use of expertise in public bodies. She holds a PhD in International Relations from Maastricht University (2017).

Matthew Hoye works primarily in three areas: (i) remittances and global justice, (ii) republicanism in history and practice, often focusing on migration, (iii) political theory and the history of ideas, especially Hobbes.

For whom?

The research seminars are open to all levels of seniority  - ranging from PhD candidates to senior professors in order to ensure a vibrant exchange and also feed-back opportunities for all. 

More information

For further information and the teams link, please contact Dr Lydie Cabane.

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