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National Human Rights Institutions and Their Sub-National Counterparts

Wolman, A. (2017). National Human Rights Institutions and Their Sub-National Counterparts. International Human Rights Law Review, 6(1), pp. 1-29. doi: 10.1163/22131035-00601002

Abstract

In this article I outline and explore the arguments in favor of and in opposition to the establishment of sub-national human rights institutions (such as state and local human rights commissions, ombudsmen and the like) in nations that already possess national human rights institutions. This analysis will be based on an application of prior research findings in the broader field of administrative decentralisation as tailored to the particularities of human rights implementation. Where relevant I also examine the implications of institutional type for decentralisation, as well as the implication of different attributes of the relevant jurisdiction. As a conclusion, I lay out the circumstances under which the establishment of sub-national human rights institutions will be more or less advantageous.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Decentralisation; federalism; subsidiarity; national human rights institutions; ombudsmen; human rights commissions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JX International law
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/20542
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