The possibilities of an independent special rapporteur scheme

Rhona Smith

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The independence and impartiality of the special rapporteurs is undoubtedly one of considerable importance to their work. In the context of the special procedures operating under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, a number of questions arise: what is meant by independent; independent of what; why is independence deemed so important; and what are the major barriers to independence? This article focuses on those questions, with particular regard to the role of the Human Rights Council (whose operation is scheduled for review in 2011) then draws together the threads of argument to ponder the implications, particularly for the Human Rights Council, of removing rapporteurs from its jurisdiction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-186
JournalThe International Journal of Human Rights
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2011


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