National Human Rights Action Planning

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This book deals with human rights action planning, as a largely under-researched area, from theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and practical perspectives, and as such, provides the most comprehensive studies of human rights planning to date. At the theoretical level, by advancing a novel general theory of human rights planning, it offers an alternative to the traditional state-centric model of planning. At the doctrinal level, by conducting a textual analysis of core human rights conventions, it reveals the scope and nature of the states’ obligation to adopt a plan of action for implementing human rights. At the empirical level, a cross-case analysis of national human rights action plans of 53 countries is conducted exploring the major problems of these plans in different phases of planning and uncovering the underlying causes of these problems. At the practical level, this volume sets out how these plans should be developed and implemented, how they can be best monitored by international human rights bodies, and how to maximize their effectiveness. With discussions bridging human rights theory and practice and development discourse, this book will be a useful resource for a wide range of audiences, from academics of different disciplines (Law, human rights, social policy, political science, political philosophy, legal philosophy, development studies, planning studies, socio-legal studies) to governments, human rights practitioners, and the UN human rights bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-882284-4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 7 Aug 2018


  • national human rights action planning
  • National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP-BHR)
  • National Action Plan on Women
  • Peace and Security (NAP-WPS)
  • global human rights governance
  • human rights planning theory
  • Human Rights-Based Approach to Development (HRBAD)
  • obligation to adopt a NHRAP
  • phases of planning
  • human rights implementation


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