'Visions of a distant millennium'? The effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Petition System
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Extract: A later injunction of the then UN Secretary-General: 'We must move from an era of legislation to an era of implementation', represents a fundamental challenge to the norm-laden, fragmented UN human rights treaty system. The past decade has seen much academic work questioning its effectiveness. The question whether international monitoring bodies can cross conceptual, political and cultural barricades to ensure outcomes for individuals is at the core of a new focus upon implementation. Despite the ever-expanding corpus of human rights instruments, an allegation can be made that 'without (an) understanding of the connection of law and behaviour, an explanation for the very function of the international legal system is missing'.
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