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Standard-setting: lessons learned for the future (2006)



standardsSince the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted in 1948, numerous human rights standards have been created at the initiative of states, non-governmental organisations, victims, and other actors. They have transformed international law. Human Rights Standards: Learning from Experience examines the unpredictable history of past standard-setting and the options available to those who advocate new standards in the future. It considers when new standards are needed, the forms they take, where they can be negotiated, and who is involved.

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“[This report] makes the useful distinction between the three types of protection gaps which make new standards desirable … It takes us through the roles of the different actors, the different bodies and organisations where standard-setting takes place, and the work processes. However the most useful part, from a practical point of view, is the collection of strategically and tactical advice given in the conclusion…” aotearoa Independent Media Centre

“This is an excellent report. It would be highly desirable that anyone (non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights or a State) wishing to propose or engaged in standard-setting should consult this report first.” Francoise Hampson, Professor of Law, Essex University, independent expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from 1998-2007