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The European Union at the Human Rights Council: speaking with one voice but having little influence

Smith, Karen E. (2010) The European Union at the Human Rights Council: speaking with one voice but having little influence. Journal of European Public Policy, 17 (2). pp. 224-241. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

The Human Rights Council (HRC) was supposed to address the shortcomings of the former Commission on Human Rights (CHR), but it is already suffering similar shortcomings. Some critics of the Human Rights Council have singled out the European Union's (EU) role as particularly disappointing. This article argues that while there is evidence that EU member states are acting cohesively within the HRC, and more so than they have done in United Nations (UN) human rights bodies in the past, the EU's influence in the institution is still quite limited. It speaks with one voice and EU voting cohesion is impressively solid, but has had little influence on the agenda or outcomes of the HRC. This reflects in part the fragile place that human rights have in EU foreign policy-making.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/13501763...
Additional Information: © 2010 Routledge
Library of Congress subject classification: K Law > K Law (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Research centres and groups > European Foreign Policy Unit (EFPU)
Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2010 15:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28164/

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