Setting the agenda: Social influence in the effects of the Human Rights Committee in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe

Alejandro Anaya-Muñoz, Hector M. Nuñez, Aldo F. Ponce

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Abstract

Analyzing original data from Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, this article explores the influence of the Human Rights Committee (HRC) of the United Nations (UN) in the configuration of states' normative agendas and the roles they seek to play. Focusing on the HRC's reporting procedure, the article investigates whether states adjust the substantive content of their periodic reports to mimic the human rights agenda explicitly set by the HRC through its concluding observations reports. The article finds that states take the HRC seriously and play the role of “good,” committed members of the human rights regime, following in their periodic reports the agenda of rights previously set by the HRC. The article, therefore, offers a specific theoretical argument and systematic, original evidence on the potential and the limits of the influence of the organs of the international human rights regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-244
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Human Rights
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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