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12 The Work of Expert Bodies: Examination of State Reports

From: Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism, Third Edition

Christian Tomuschat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 October 2022

Subject(s):
Responsibility of international organizations — Responsibility of states — Treaties, observance — UN Charter — EU Treaty — Regional co-operation — Development — International organizations, practice and procedure — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
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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