Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law

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Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law

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dc.contributor.author Goldenziel, Jill Iris
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-08T16:45:02Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Goldenziel, Jill I. 2014. Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law. Chicago Journal of International Law 13, no. 2: 453-492. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1529-0816 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:34605057
dc.description.abstract The bad actor problem, or the puzzle of how to get known human rights violators to improve their practices, is central to human rights scholarship and policy-making. Scholarship has largely focused on understanding how and if state commitments to multilateral international human rights treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, can improve human rights practices. This article reframes the bad actor problem as a regulatory matter, suggesting that international agencies may, under certain conditions, provide a way to get even bad actors to improve their human rights practices. By flexibly interpreting international law, international organizations can use their authority to coordinate state interests, while enhancing the credibility of state commitments and providing valuable legal cover for state actions. I present examples of how international agencies may and have improved human rights practices, focusing on the case of the use of international refugee law during the post-2003 Iraqi refugee crisis in Jordan and Syria. My analysis suggests that traditional scholarly discussion of promoting compliance with international human rights instruments may be misplaced, and that the role of international agencies in regulating human rights deserves further attention. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Chicago Law School en_US
dc.relation.isversionof https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1389&context=cjil en_US
dc.relation.hasversion https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2243208 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject international law en_US
dc.subject international organizations en_US
dc.subject refugees en_US
dc.subject international refugee law en_US
dc.subject Iraq en_US
dc.subject Iraq war en_US
dc.subject international administrative law en_US
dc.subject regulation en_US
dc.subject global administrative law en_US
dc.subject global governance en_US
dc.subject United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees en_US
dc.subject UNHCR en_US
dc.subject United Nations en_US
dc.subject UN en_US
dc.subject Iraqi refugees en_US
dc.title Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2014-02-05T00:11:24Z
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dc.relation.journal Chicago Journal of International Law en_US
dash.depositing.author Goldenziel, Jill Iris
dc.date.available 2018-01-08T16:45:02Z

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