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Context, institution or accountability? Exploring the factors that shape the performance of national human rights and equality bodies

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  • 1 Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, , UK
  • | 2 School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, , UK
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The past two decades witnessed a global proliferation of national human rights and equality bodies. Yet the research literature remains critical of their performance, positing a series of explanations for the gap between the expectations of civil society and the contribution they make. Through a comparative analysis of six statutory human rights and equality bodies in the United Kingdom and Ireland, this article explores the range of factors that shape their performance.

  • 1 Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, , UK
  • | 2 School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, , UK

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