Measuring Human Rights

AnnJanette Rosga, Margaret L. Satterthwaite

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    This chapter discusses several efforts to use indicators within the law of international human rights. It identifies the criticisms made to these efforts, and states that there is an increasing potential for suitable tempered indicators to play valuable roles. It then takes a look at the project of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is aimed to create internationally-prescribed indicators for a number of primary UN human rights treaties. It determines that these indicators may help in addressing the concerns of the perceived legitimacy of the supervisory committees under these treaties. This chapter also suggests that indicators may play a role in assisting peoples and publics to use the kinds of pressures and constraints on governments that human rights advocates have long sought after.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationGovernance by Indicators
    Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Power through Quantification and Rankings
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199949915
    ISBN (Print)9780199658244
    StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


    • Criticisms
    • Human rights advocates
    • Human rights treaties
    • Internationally-prescribed indicators
    • Law of international human rights
    • Supervisory committees
    • Tempered indicators

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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