- Table of National Cases
- Table of Treaties, Declarations, and Other International Instruments
- Table of Abbreviations
- Notes on the Contributors
- Moral Philosophy
- Biological Foundations of Human Rights
- Sociology of Human Rights
- The Psychological Foundations of Human Rights
- Anthropology and the Grounds of Human Rights
- The Foundations of Justice and Human Rights in Early Legal Texts and Thought
- General Principles and Constitutions as Sources of Human Rights Law
- The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Rise of International Non-Governmental Organizations
- Diplomatic Protection as a Source of Human Rights Law
- Humanitarian Law as a Source of Human Rights Law
- Social Justice, Rights, and Labour
- The Protection of Minorities under the Auspices of the League of Nations
- Human Dignity
- Democracy and the Rule of Law
- The Law-Making Process: From Declaration to Treaty to Custom to Prevention
- Core Rights and Obligations
- Jus Cogens and Obligations Erga Omnes
- Positive and Negative Obligations
- From Commission to the Council: Evolution of UN Charter Bodies
- The Role and Impact of Treaty Bodies
- The Role of International Tribunals: Law-Making or Creative Interpretation?
- Universality and the Growth of Regional Systems
- National Implementation and Interpretation
- Roles and Responsibilities of Non-State Actors
- Interpretation of Human Rights Treaties
- Enforcing Human Rights Through Economic Sanctions
- Transnational Litigation: Jurisdiction and Immunities
- The Use of International Force to Prevent or Halt Atrocities: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect
- Trade Law and Investment Law
- Creating and Applying Human Rights Indicators
- What Outcomes for Victims?
- Human Rights Make a Difference: Lessons from Latin America
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the role of treaty bodies in the development and enforcement of international human rights law. It explains that there are now nine core human rights treaties and each of them provided the establishment of its own monitoring committee which includes the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee, the Committee against Torture and the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). This article discusses the composition, functions and the decision-making process of these committees.
Law, University of Essex
Nigel S. Rodley is an international lawyer that specializes in human rights. He is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Essex and has served as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee since 2001 and as its Vice-Chair since 2003. Since 2003, he has also served on the International Commission of Jurists. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor of law at Dalhousie University and was appointed as a Reader in Law at the University of Essex in 1990. He assumed his current position as a Professor of Law in 1994 and served as Dean of Law from 1992 to 1995. From 1993 to 2001, he also worked as the Special Rapporteur on Torture of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Sir Nigel received an LLB from the University of Leeds, an LLM from Columbia University, an LLM from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Essex. He was knighted in 1998 in the Queen’s New Years Honours list for services to Human Rights and International Law and received an honorary LLD from Dalhousie University in 2000. In 2005 he was a joint recipient of the American Society of International Law’s 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal for distinguished work in human rights. In 2008 he was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.