Norms, Institutions and Practice
Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl
Chapter 9: Advocacy and accountability in the age of backlash: NGOs and regional courts
How does the shrinking space for civil society affect legal mobilization at regional human rights courts and the robustness of the international human rights system? This chapter considers the converging trends of backlash against international human rights courts and attacks on civil society. This chapter examines the intersection of these trends by focusing on regional tribunals, particularly the Inter-American and European human rights system. This emphasis on the regional systems is important because they are central to the international human architecture and are comprised of both longstanding defenders of human rights as well as perpetrators of attacks against human rights defenders and the courts themselves. As such, these tribunals provide an opportunity to examine the epicenter of these confluent trends of the shrinking space for civil society and backlash against international accountability mechanisms.
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