Today, states’ compliance with the obligations they have undertaken under a treaty for the protection of human rights is monitored via examination of the reports they are required to submit at regular intervals.1 Obviously, the traditional methods provided by the law of treaties or of general international law are of little help in ensuring effective compliance. Human rights treaties are not based on reciprocity. Especially in this field, prevention is better than reparation after a violation has occurred. In the ILO, reporting by states followed by expert...
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