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    Understanding the legal status of Universal Periodic Review recommendations

    Cowell, Frederick (2018) Understanding the legal status of Universal Periodic Review recommendations. Cambridge International Law Journal 7 (1), pp. 164-184. ISSN 2398-9181.

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    Part of the Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council involves the states, who are conducting the review, issuing recommendations to the state that is under review. These recommendations can be on a range of issues surrounding the protection of human rights, from simple praise of a state to a recommendation that a state becomes party to a human rights treaty. States are free to reject or accept recommendations and each year several thousand recommendations are made as part of the UPR process. This paper examines what legal status (if any) recommendations could have and how they relate to existing sources of international law. The first and second sections examine the nature of recommendations and the legal status of the UPR process. The third and fourth sections examine how accepted patterns of recommendations could be used as a mechanism for interpreting and enforcing existing norms in international human rights law.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a draft article. The final version is available at the link above. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
    School: School of Law > Law
    Depositing User: Frederick Cowell
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 16:21
    Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 15:38


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