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The Human Rights Council And The Challenges Of The United Nations System On Human Rights: Towards A Cultural Revolution?

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Among her manifold fields of interest, Professor Vera Gowlland-Debbas has made an important contribution to the role played by the political organs of the United Nations (UN) in the development of international law. The establishment of the Human Rights Council clearly arouses as many expectations as it does questions. Has the cultural revolution finally taken place? To what extent has the Council broken with the practices of the past? How can the culture of confrontation be replaced by a culture of dialogue? What means have been given to the Council for achieving this goal? To better identify the multiple challenges posed by the creation of the Human Rights Council, this chapter retraces the difficult and sometimes tortuous path which led to the reform, and analyses its content and implications for the UN human rights system.

Keywords: cultural revolution; Human Rights Council; United Nations (UN) System; Vera Gowlland-Debbas



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