With the UN's attention to individual accountability for human rights abuses now well into its third decade, this paper appraises the added value of a UN role and the best methods for accomplishing it. The paper argues that human rights fact-finding is an especially important task for the UN and considers, based on past practice, the factors that contribute to successful fact-finding as well as the pitfalls for the UN to avoid in the future. Some of the insights are based on the author's membership in the Secretary-General Group of Experts for Cambodia and the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka. This paper was originally delivered as the John P. Humphrey Lecture in Human Rights at McGill University in September 2014.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Ratner: After Atrocity: Optimizing UN Action Toward Accountability for Human Rights Abuses
Steven R. Ratner (Univ. of Michigan - Law) has posted After Atrocity: Optimizing UN Action Toward Accountability for Human Rights Abuses (Michigan Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: