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Should National Human Rights Institutions Institutionalize Dispute Resolution?

McGregor, Lorna and Murray, Rachel and Shipman, Shirley (2019) 'Should National Human Rights Institutions Institutionalize Dispute Resolution?' Human Rights Quarterly, 41 (2). pp. 309-339. ISSN 0275-0392

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The UN has promoted the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by national human rights institutions (NHRIs). This article critically examines this proposition by analysing the three assumptions that underlie it. First, that ADR is an appropriate means by which to resolve human rights disputes; second, that ADR should be provided in institutional form; third that an NHRI should play a role in the delivery of ADR. We argue that voluntary engagement with ADR is permissible subject to procedural and substantive standards of justice but identify the risk that the offer of ADR by an institution may turn into a de facto mandatory process if not set within a context in which the courts are also accessible. Rather than an outright rejection of a role for ADR in such circumstances, we examine the potential contributions an institution could make to redressing the deficiencies in access to justice landscape and identify the key factors states and other policymakers should take into account when determining which institution(s) assume a dispute resolution role.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: human rights, dispute resolution, national human rights institutions
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 19:08
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:16

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