More honey than vinegar: peer review as a middle ground between universalism and national sovereignty

Dominguez-Redondo, Elvira ORCID logoORCID: and Mcmahon, Edward (2015) More honey than vinegar: peer review as a middle ground between universalism and national sovereignty. Canadian Yearbook of International Law, 51 . pp. 61-97. ISSN 0069-0058 [Article] (doi:10.1017/S0069005800011061)


Peer-reviewed mechanisms for the implementation of human rights such as the Universal Periodic Review rely upon traditional sovereign state diplomacy for contemporary human rights implementation. This is a positive development as a) at a theoretical level, it reveals an evolving maturity of the human rights regime with a capacity to detach from exclusively legalistic approaches to human rights implementation; b) at a policy level, there is enough evidence of measured positive outcomes of peer-reviewed mechanisms to suggest a preference for more cooperative approaches to human rights as a first and complementary step to other more law-based/adversarial means of implementation; and c) peer-reviewed mechanisms offer a theoretical and pragmatic framework conciliating between universalist and relativist conceptual approaches to human rights, while accommodating views of international law and integrating respect for sovereignty

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Canadian Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 51 Edited by John Currie and René Provost, Hardcover, Release Date:28 Feb 2015, ISBN:9780774828772
[The Canadian Yearbook of International Law published by UBC Press until 2014; as of 2015 (volume 52) published by Cambridge.]
Keywords (uncontrolled): Universal Periodic Review; naming and shaming; Human Rights Council
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 18047
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Depositing User: Elvira Dominguez-Redondo
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 09:37
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 11:17

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