par Louwette, Arnaud
Référence The strong, the weak and the law (2017-06-23: Université de Liège)
Publication Non publié, 2017-06-23
Communication à un colloque
Résumé : As international organizations have increasingly been tasked with missions traditionally assigned to States to deal with transnational challenges, it has been advocated that international organizations should be bound by human rights in order to allow individuals to contest the power wielded by those institutions. Nevertheless, in practice, those repeated calls for accountability have been met with limited success in international organizations. Drawing notably on examples of the World Bank, UNMIK, UN sanctions Committees and WHO, it is argued that the reason why the use of human rights language has had limited impact lies in structural characteristics of international organizations, which have largely perceived human rights as an additional burden unduly imposed on their action. Furthermore, as attempts have been made to adapt the language of human rights to the specific characteristics of international organizations, and to thus integrate them in the rules of the organizations, such attempts have mostly resulted in a weakening of human rights language.