The Problem of Causality in International Human Rights Law

McGrogan, David (2016) The Problem of Causality in International Human Rights Law. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 65 (3). pp. 615-644. ISSN 0020-5893

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Abstract

The field of human rights monitoring has become preoccupied with statistical methods for measuring performance, such as benchmarks and indicators. This is reflected within human rights scholarship, which has become increasingly ‘empirical’ in its approach. However, the relevant actors developing statistical approaches typically treat causality somewhat blithely, and this causes critical problems for such projects. This article suggests that resources – whether temporal or fiscal - may be better allocated towards improving methods for identifying violations rather than developing complicated, but ultimately ineffective, statistical methods for monitoring human rights performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human rights, international law, philosophy of science, social science, empirical research
Subjects: G300 Statistics
M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
Depositing User: David Mcgrogan
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 14:25
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 09:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26685

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