The United Kingdom, the United Nations Human Rights Council and the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review

Kathryn McNeilly, Leanne Cochrane

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Abstract

The introduction of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism as an innovative component of the new Human Rights Council in 2006 has suffered little academic scrutiny. This is partly because it holds as its objective an improvement in human rights situations on the ground, a goal that is difficult to test amongst so many possible causal factors attributable to law reform and policy change, and partly due to the fact that the mechanism has only completed one full cycle of review. This article seeks to remedy this absence of analysis by examining the experience of the United Kingdom during its first review. In doing so, the article first considers the conception of the UPR, before progressing to examine the procedure and recommendations made to the UK by its peers. Finally, the article considers the five year review of the UPR which occurred as a subset of the Human Rights Council Review in 2011 and the resulting changes to the process modalities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-177
Number of pages6
JournalThe International Journal of Human Rights
Volume17
Issue number1
Early online date02 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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