The Compliance Gap and the Efficacy of International Human Rights Institutions

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Title: The Compliance Gap and the Efficacy of International Human Rights Institutions
Creators: Dai, Xinyuan; Mattiacci, Eleonora
Contributors: Sanders, Courtney
Keywords: compliance
human rights
international organizations
Issue Date: 2011-04-28
Publisher: Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Series/Report no.: Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Globalizat​ion, Institutio​ns and Economic Security Workshop
Abstract: Dai discussed how recent studies of human rights treaties find that states increasingly endorse human rights norms but their behavior does not always or even usually conform to these norms. This gap between commitment and compliance is suggested to have persisted, if not increased. To many, such a gap would call into question the efficacy of international human rights institutions. She argues that the compliance gap, risks distorting the discrepancy between commitment and compliance. More important, to properly evaluate the effect of international human rights institutions, we must first understand the mechanisms by which seemingly weak international institutions impact states' policies indirectly through non-state actors and domestic politics.
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