This article discusses the standard-setting role of the Commission and Sub-Commission of the United Nations. The article describes the creation of the Commission, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Commission’s art in creating human rights treaties, and the use of non-binding instruments and other methods of standard-setting. The article concludes that the Commission accomplished a moderate amount and argues that the UN must retain an independent body to ensure protection of human rights.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-27; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-27
Dinah Shelton, Standard-Setting by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights: An Overview from its Inception in 1947 until the Creation of the Human Rights Council in 2006, 29 HUM. RTS. L.J. 15 (2008).