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The UN Human Rights Council

A Practical Anatomy

Eric Tistounet

Since its establishment the work of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been subject to many interpretations, theories, comments or conclusions. This comprehensive book dissects every aspect of the UNHRC’s work and analyses the efficiency of, and interactions between, its mechanisms. Authored by the first Secretary of the UNHRC, this book provides unique practitioner insights into the complex decision making processes of the Council alongside the core variations from its predecessor. This book is the outcome of a six-months research fellowship carried out by the author at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
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Chapter 4: The Human Rights Council stakeholders

Eric Tistounet


A body is composed of organs which need to be described, and the role and functions of which need to be fully grasped. Two or more organs working together in the execution of specific body functions form an organ system. This chapter aims to study the various stakeholders of the Council with a view to understanding their roles and prerogatives and consequently grasping the level at which they interact. In most United Nations or other international organizations, most if not all participants of official meetings are representatives of Member States. At times, representatives of other organizations or agencies may be provided with the right to address the gathering. There is usually no provision for the participation of other stakeholders and of the public at large.

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