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 9: Recommendations

Paula Gerber

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


The previous chapters highlighted the successes, failures and shortcomings of the UN’s engagement with HRE. The analysis revealed that the international community continues to struggle with the problem of how best to promote and encourage HRE. The research findings indicate that there is significant room for improvement in the way the UN promotes HRE. This is particularly true when it comes to monitoring states’ HRE efforts, and engaging in constructive dialogue with governments about how they might more effectively implement HRE within their jurisdiction.

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