Rights and Regulation

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In this seminar, Hilary Charlesworth will discuss the implications of regulatory theory for the protection of human rights. Despite its elaborate system of norms and institutions, human rights law often appears ineffective. International human rights scholars have tended to focus on law as the sole form of regulation in the field and they have paid little attention to other forms of human rights influence. Hilary will examine two aspects of regulatory scholarship that can enrich approaches to protecting human rights: the influence of networks and the concept of ritualism, concluding by considering the value of the concept of responsive regulation to the field.