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International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms

A Study of Their Impact in the UK

9781803920504 Edward Elgar Publishing
Brice Dickson, Emeritus Professor of International and Comparative Law, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Publication Date: December 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 050 4 Extent: c 382 pp
Brice Dickson examines the engagement of the United Kingdom with international human rights monitoring mechanisms, in particular those operated by the United Nations and the Council of Europe since 2000. Dickson explores how these mechanisms work in practice and whether they have any identifiable impact on how human rights are protected in the UK.

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Brice Dickson examines the engagement of the United Kingdom with international human rights monitoring mechanisms, in particular those operated by the United Nations and the Council of Europe since 2000. Dickson explores how these mechanisms work in practice and whether they have any identifiable impact on how human rights are protected in the UK.

By analysing the role that monitoring mechanisms are meant to play in enforcing human rights standards, and the UK's commitment to that role, Dickson considers in turn the work of general monitoring mechanisms, mechanisms focused on civil and political rights or on social and economic rights, and mechanisms assessing discrimination based on gender, race, age or disability. The book demonstrates that, while monitoring mechanisms certainly play a crucial role in holding the UK government to account, crediting them with enhancing the protection of any specific right is problematic.

Providing a comprehensive study of the operation of international human rights monitoring mechanisms, this book will be an insightful resource for human rights law students and scholars, particularly those concerned with civil, social and non-discrimination rights. Academics interested in public international law and politics will also benefit from this text.
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‘This book examines the effectiveness of international human rights monitoring mechanisms at the global and European level with particular reference to their influence on the protection of human rights in the UK. The book tackles a longstanding void in comparative analysis of these mechanisms. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Dickson provides a well-structured analysis that will have practical value at the jurisdiction-specific level in the UK and which will contribute to the wider body of knowledge on the effectiveness of such mechanisms.’
– Suzanne Egan, University College Dublin, Ireland

‘This landmark analysis combines an insightful exploration of the complex web of human rights monitoring mechanisms to which the UK is subject with a rigorous and trenchant critique of both the UK’s engagement with them and of those mechanisms themselves. It is a tour de force and essential reading.’
– Sir Malcolm Evans, University of Bristol Law School, UK

‘By using the UK as a case study, Dickson has succeeded in making the link between the international and the national and invigorated the study of international human rights monitoring mechanisms. This book is a valuable resource for all of those engaged in the study and practice of international and national human rights law.’
– Merris Amos, Queen Mary University of London, UK
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