More of the same or something different? Preliminary observations on the contribution of universal periodic review with reference to the Chinese experience

Rhona Smith

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Abstract

Using the People’s Republic of China as a case study, this paper will consider the extent to which the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review process consolidates and reinforces the pre-existing treatymonitoring system of the United Nations. Is universal periodic review simply more of the same (comments on a self-evaluation report submitted by the State, the rigor being erratic); or is the process something different, either more or less effective? Furthermore, is there evidence of consistency of practice within the UN itself? While the first full cycle of universal periodic review concludes late 2011, it is possible to draw tentative conclusions on the system at this stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-586
JournalChinese Journal of International Law
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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