Written by a leading expert in the field, this book analyzes the complex relations between the European Union (EU) as a regional organization and the United Nations (UN) as an international, global governance institution.
The book explores how collaboration between the EU and the UN has evolved and how the two entities collaborate both structurally and in day-to-day work. It shows how the EU acts within institutions such as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and how UN funds and entities, such as UNHRC, UNICEF or UN Women, interact with the EU and its member states.
Through its analysis the book demonstrates how, despite recent criticism, patterns of multilateralism and cooperation between regional and international institutions can be central to stable patterns of rules-based regional and global governance.
UnitedNations Security Council
For all their limitations, the two ad hoc international criminal tribunals,
the ICTY and ICTR, contributed considerable case law that clarified
and established the legal bases for rejecting tactical rape. The UN
Security Council began to evince interest in tactical rape from the
early 1990s in ways that had not been demonstrated earlier. The
establishment of the two criminal tribunals demonstrated, at least to
some degree, that tactical rape was an issue that needed international
War II had ended, the Allies’ political leaders had begun to plan for ‘peace’. Geo-politics and national self-interest remained major drivers influencing the development and use of international human rights and oversight mechanisms. On 25 April 1945 delegates from 50 nations met in San Francisco, USA, to set up what was to become the UnitedNations (UN). The UN Charter was drafted, adopted unanimously, and signed on 26 June 1945 by all 50 states present. A 51st state – Poland – signed it later in October 1945. These 51 became the founding member states of the UN
Gender experts within the United Nations play a pivotal role in driving forward global gender-equality norms and practices. This article analyses the shift within the women, peace and security agenda of the United Nations from Resolution 1325 to the narrow focus on conflict-related sexual violence in Resolution 1820. It argues that United Nations gender experts were pivotal in intentionally driving this shift in focus, although it has since become a contested choice. It highlights the unique challenges that gender experts face when operating within organisations that can be highly resistant to their objectives.
intervention towards the reduction of unpaid work is public investment in social care service infrastructure and in time-saving physical rural infrastructure.
However, UN Women has a delimited field of action given that care hardly appears in the SDGs ( UnitedNations, 2015 ). It is not there under health, for example, nor is it explicitly there under the decent work goal. When one searches, it is to be found under Target 5.4 which commits to: ‘Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection
No-one ever accuses the UnitedNations of drafting and adopting international human rights treaties quickly, and the Optional Protocol to the UnitedNations Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was no exception. When what is proposed is as radical an idea as was the OPCAT, the only surprise is that it was ultimately adopted at all. Seen in that light, the roughly 25 years that it took from inception to completion – from 1977 until 2002 – seems almost expeditious. In some ways, what is so radical about the OPCAT is its very simplicity. At its
For all my talk of simplicity, the Optional Protocol to the UnitedNations Convention against Torture (OPCAT) is a rather complex text. It is unlike all other UN human rights treaties, and it is not surprising therefore that some in the human rights world have found it difficult to work out quite what it means in practice. Indeed, as someone who has worked as closely as it is possible to work with the OPCAT system for very many years, I must admit to not really understanding what some of it means in practice myself. But there are good reasons
What’s at stake in the treaty reporting process? Cuba and
the UnitedNations’ convention on women’s rights
Department of Government and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH, USA
What impact do U.N. human rights treaties have on the countries
that ratify them? Most of the scholarly literature on this topic
focuses on ratification, with little attention to the ways that the
process of reporting can shape compliance. Ratification commits
countries to a regular process of documenting and defending
The UnitedNations’ project on business and human rights should address unpaid work, particularly the harmful impacts on carers who experience depletion of social reproduction.
Harmful business practices that affect families and communities who provide unpaid labour should be given legal recognition at the international level, leading to compensation and broader changes to the regime of care.
The recent recognition of unpaid work in the UnitedNations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ( UnitedNations General