Understanding Human Rights

Understanding Human Rights

Educational Challenges for the Future

Paula Gerber

Paula Gerber argues that international law can learn from the medical profession, which has long recognised that ‘prevention is better than cure’. There is an urgent need for HRE to be recognised as one of the best ways of preventing future human rights abuses; it is, in essence, a prophylactic for human rights violations. The book explores the provenance of human rights education in international law before critiquing the UNs work in this area across numerous different organs, including treaty committees, the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The author identifies a number of deficiencies in the UNs HRE activities, and makes recommendations for how the UN can more effectively promote HRE and increase states compliance with their international HRE obligations. This book provides a unique and timely insight into the workings of the UN in this vital aspect of international human rights law.

Chapter 6: Human rights education and the Economic and Social Council

Paula Gerber

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights


With this self-described broad mandate, one would expect that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) would have a role to play in the promotion of HRE by, and within, the UN. This chapter analyses the work of ECOSOC relating to HRE with the aim of determining the extent to which this organ contributes to the UN’s overall HRE efforts. Unfortunately, it is a relatively short chapter since there is little that ECOSOC has done over the past decade to promote HRE or coordinate the UN’s HRE activities.

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