The possibilities of an independent special rapporteur scheme

Smith, Rhona (2011) The possibilities of an independent special rapporteur scheme. The International Journal of Human Rights, 15 (2). pp. 172-186. ISSN 1364-2987

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The independence and impartiality of the special rapporteurs is undoubtedly one of considerable importance to their work. In the context of the special procedures operating under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, a number of questions arise: what is meant by independent; independent of what; why is independence deemed so important; and what are the major barriers to independence? This article focuses on those questions, with particular regard to the role of the Human Rights Council (whose operation is scheduled for review in 2011) then draws together the threads of argument to ponder the implications, particularly for the Human Rights Council, of removing rapporteurs from its jurisdiction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: United Nations, special rapporteurs, independence, Human Rights Council
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 10:02
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:06

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