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Abstract

Abstract

This article builds on previous research on the communicational practices of the United Nations human rights monitoring system (Wallace 2017). Treaties such as those responsible for women’s and children’s rights lack direct enforcement mechanisms, so interest falls on the means by which treaty monitoring committees can encourage state compliance. The proceedings are bookended by writing (state reports and committee concluding observations), the focus of my earlier research. However, there is also an oral component, invariably characterized by the committees (but less frequently by the states) as “constructive dialogue” where the objective is “to assist and not to judge.” I explicate the structure and practices of these proceedings and find much that is justifiable, given the communicational context, but also some potential for reconsideration.

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