From ‘crown jewel’ to ‘Frankenstein’s monster’: reviewing, rationalising and improving the role of the UN special procedures

Smith, Rhona (2011) From ‘crown jewel’ to ‘Frankenstein’s monster’: reviewing, rationalising and improving the role of the UN special procedures. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 17 (2). pp. 33-58. ISSN 1323-238X

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Abstract

Kofi Annan famously referred to the special procedures as the ‘crown jewel’ of the human rights system, urging the Human Rights Council to strengthen and protect them. Lyal Sunga, on the other hand, comments that ‘the Commission’s bold, beautiful and well-intentioned experiment to monitor serious human rights violations eventually ended up like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster’. With the Human Rights Council continuing its review, rationalisation and improvement of the system in 2011, it is timely to evaluate the role of the special procedures within the international human rights system. Inevitably, those elements indicative of a crown jewel are paradoxically also ‘monster’ characteristics, depending on one’s standpoint. Irrespective, it is necessary now to clarify the role of the special procedures and ensure that mandate holders have sufficient international support to discharge their duties. Taming the monster should not tarnish the jewel.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
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Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 01 May 2012 15:15
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6643

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