Monitoring international human rights law from above or below? The role of non-governmental organisations in United Nations Human Rights State reporting

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Abstract

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have become important actors in monitoring international human rights law.This thesis examines the NGO role and influence in United Nations (UN} human rights mechanisms. Using an empirical methodology involving interviews with international stakeholders and an Australian case study, the thesis compares the role if NGOs in UN treaty bodies with their role in the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR). It concludes that
NGOs advanced their role and influence in treaty body State reporting but have less influence in the UPR. Nonetheless, they remain key actors and can be seen as contributing to global governance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Cullen, Holly, Supervisor
  • Kastner, Philipp, Supervisor
  • Brown, Graham, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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