Can international principles promote greater engagement by parliaments in the implementation of international human rights commitments?

January 28, 2020

SPP Associate Professor of Practice Kirsten Roberts Lyer has published Parliaments as Human Rights Actors: The Potential for International Principles on Parliamentary Human Rights Committees in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights.

Dr Roberts Lyer's article analyses the potential for parliamentary engagement and the opportunities and challenges of a proposed set of international principles put forward by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Dr Roberts Lyer said "I've been working for over 20 years in human rights at the regional, national and international level, and I have seen first hand how parliaments are often overlooked as national human rights actors. Parliaments have significant potential to improve the domestic implementation of international human rights standards using the powers and functions available to them, including in the legislative and budgetary processes, conducting hearings, monitoring implementation of human rights commitments, and ultimately, holding the executive to account."