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Part III Organs Monitoring Treaty Compliance, 11 The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Andrew Byrnes

From: The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Frédéric Mégret, Philip Alston

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 May 2023

Human rights

This chapter examines the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), a body of independent experts assigned the task of monitoring states’ efforts to fulfil their obligations under the CEDAW Convention. The principal basis for monitoring was to be the submission and review of reports submitted regularly by States parties. The chapter then addresses the work of CEDAW and its contribution to making the guarantees of the Convention a reality. An assessment of the record of a treaty body such as CEDAW must take into account, among other factors, the mandate of the body, the expertise and commitment of its members, the political and international legal context of its work, the resources available to it, the efficiency and effectiveness of its procedures, and the quality and impact of its output.

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