Just Another Brush Stroke on the Human Rights Canvas? – The Design and Authority of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review Vis-À-Vis the UN Treaty Bodies.
This PhD project researches the authority of two human rights soft monitoring mechanisms, the Universal Periodic Review and the state reporting process of the Treaty Bodies. The UPR is a peer review in which UN member states – represented by their diplomatic delegates – evaluate each other’s performance in all their human rights obligations. In the state reporting process of the Treaty Bodies, in contrast, the reviewing role is undertaken by a Committee of independent experts, in charge of examining periodic state reports on the national implementation of a specific treaty. The outputs of both mechanisms are legally non-binding.