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Securing Human Rights?Achievements and Challenges of the UN Security Council$
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Bardo Fassbender

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641499.001.0001

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The Role for Human Rights in the Decision-making Process of the Security Council

The Role for Human Rights in the Decision-making Process of the Security Council

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Securing Human Rights?

Bardo Fassbender

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses questions of safeguarding human rights in the course of Council action directed towards ‘other’ goals rather than the direct protection of human rights, i.e., mainly ‘classical’ goals of maintaining and restoring international peace. In particular, it evaluates how human rights considerations and concerns can be better integrated in the decision-making processes of the Security Council. It takes as its starting point the idea of an ‘international rule of law’ as a concept expressing, inter alia, certain expectations regarding the place of human rights in the work of the Council. It then addresses the foundation and the extent of the human rights obligations of the Council in the present international legal order. The chapter analyses the decision-making process of the Council with a view to the problems of a lack of transparency and legitimacy. Subsequently, an effort is made to identify types of Security Council action in which the problem of safeguarding human rights is acute. The final section explores different options for enhancing the role for human rights in the decision-making of the Council.

Keywords:   Security Council, procedure, decision-making, human rights, United Nations Charter, international rule of law, transparency, legitimacy

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