Title
Sub-national human rights institutions and transgovernmental networks Sub-national human rights institutions and transgovernmental networks
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Nordic journal of human rights. - Abingdon, 2014, currens
Volume/pages
33(2015) :2 , p. 110-131
ISSN
1891-8131
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Transgovernmental networks have played a prominent role in the evolution and development of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) by promoting cooperation, best practices, and engagement at the international level, and providing NHRIs with legitimacy through the accreditation process. The role that transgovernmental networks play in the development of sub-national human rights institutions (SNHRIs), however, has yet to be examined. This article attempts to fill this gap by comparing networking patterns of national and sub-national human rights institutions. This article concludes that while SNHRIs are able to derive certain benefits from their membership in ombudsman associations, they are currently missing out on many of the other benefits that NHRIs derive from their membership in the International Coordinating Committee for National Institutions for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (ICC) and its affiliated networks. This article therefore proposes that the ICC establish a separate membership category for SNHRIs, with membership conditioned on compliance with a set of principles based on the Paris Principles, but revised so as to be applicable to sub-national bodies.
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https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/0f9d75/131932.pdf
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/12e902/131932.pdf
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