The UN Special Procedures and their Contribution to the Realization of Socio-Economic Rights

The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council are among the international community’s most important human rights mechanisms. However, little is known about whether and how their work translates into the increased enjoyment of human rights in people’s lives, in particular in the field of socio-economic rights. The project seeks to identify the opportunities and success factors, but also risks, challenges and obstacles that mandate holders face in achieving long-term change and contributing to the realization of socio-economic rights. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Universal Rights Group and involves students in the course on UN Human Rights Bodies.
  • Expert Roundtable: The Catalytic Role of Thematic Special Procedures on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, November 2017
  • Inga Winkler and Catarina de Albuquerque, Doing It All and Doing It Well?  –  A Mandate’s Challenges in terms of Cooperation, Fundraising and Maintaining Independence, in: Aoife Nolan, Rosa Freedman & Thérèse Murphy (eds.), The United Nations Special Procedures System, Brill, 2017