Upholding the rule of law in the EU: what role for the FRA?

Pech, Laurent ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1608-1285 and Grogan, Joelle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3666-256X (2019) Upholding the rule of law in the EU: what role for the FRA? In: Human Rights Law and Evidence-Based Policy: The Impact of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. Byrne, Rosemary and Entzinger, Han, eds. Routledge Research in Human Rights Law . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 219-236. ISBN 9780367186999, e-ISBN 9780429197727. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9780429197727-17)

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The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) was established to provide evidence-based policy advice to EU institutions and Member States. By blending social science research with traditional normative work, it aims to influence human rights policy processes through new ways of framing empirical realities. The contributors to this volume critically examine the experience of the Agency in its first decade, exploring FRA’s historical, political and legal foundations and its evolving record across major strands of EU fundamental rights. Central themes arising from these chapters include consideration of how the Agency manages the tension between a mandate to advise and the more traditional approach of human rights bodies to ‘monitor’, and how its research impacts the delicate equilibrium between these two contesting roles? FRA's experience as the first ‘embedded’ human rights agency is also highlighted, suggesting a role for alternative and less oppositional orientations for human rights research. While authors observe the benefits of the technocratic approach to human rights research that is a hallmark of FRA’s evidence-based policy advice, they also note its constraints. FRA’s policy work requires a continued awareness of political realities in Brussels, Member States, and civil society. Consequently, the complex process of determining the Agency’s research agenda reflects the strategic priorities of key actors. This is an important factor in the Agency’s role in the EU human rights landscape. This pioneering position of the Agency should invite reflection on new forms of institutionalized human rights research for the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: eBook published December 6, 2019
Hardbook published December 16, 2019
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 28218
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Human Rights Law and Evidence-Based Policy: The Role of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on 06/12/2019, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9780367186999 or http://www.crcpress.com/9780367186999
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Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 17:33
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 06:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28218

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