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Right to Individual Petition before UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: the softly-spoken enforcer of human rights treaties?


Compared to regional human rights courts, the jurisprudence of the UN treaty body committees is not, with some exceptions, very well known to international scholars and students. While the general comments issued by the committees, containing summary answers to general interpretive questions on specific human rights issues, are regularly cited, comparative analysis of and references to the committees’ views on individual cases are less common. Continue reading here>>

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