The Carr Center's Measurement & Human Rights Program Presents:
Making Courts Count:
International Human Rights Tribunals
and the Problem of Measuring Compliance
Please join us for the first in a series of brown
bag lunchtime presentations designed to highlight the work of
the associate fellows of the Carr Center's
Measurement & Human Rights Program. Over
the course of the academic year, these talented scholars have, among
other projects, been working to develop and refine publication-quality
policy papers focusing on different aspects of measurement's role in
the sphere of human rights. This week, Associate Fellow
Courtney Hillebrecht will be presenting her research.
Hillebrecht, Associate Fellow, Measurement & Human Rights
Rossi, Director, Measurement & Human Rights Program.
This presentation will address two critical concerns of international
human rights tribunals:
Compliance with their rulings, and
Measuring the impact that the courts have on domestic politics
and the protection of human rights.
Extant measures of compliance suffer from ambiguity and
inconsistency, exacerbating the tribunals' ability to foster
compliance, their capacity to understand their own successes
and failures, and ultimately, their legitimacy and authority.
By examining the implications of the current measurement
system, this project identifies a major gap in the theory
and practice of human rights tribunals and posits an alternative
approach to measuring compliance with international human rights courts.
So come, bring your lunch, and enjoy what promises to be a fruitful
hour of discourse and discussion.