By Roger Stenson Clark (auth.)

ISBN-10: 9401181632

ISBN-13: 9789401181631

ISBN-10: 9401188009

ISBN-13: 9789401188005

prospects of the excessive Commissioner inspiration with cautious scholarship and intelligent judgment. Mr. Clark wrote the 1st draft of this e-book less than my supervision for the measure of physician of the technological know-how of legislation at Columbia legislations university ahead of returning to take in his occupation as a legislation instructor in his local New Zealand. i'm overjoyed that his paintings, during this better and up-to-date model, is now being released. It fills a true desire, because it is the 1st publication in this very important topic. in this social gathering it would be acceptable so as to add a number of reviews at the historical past of the excessive Commissioner concept. As Mr. Clark exhibits, I had anything to do with its "revival" within the usa executive in the course of the remaining months of the Kennedy management. a number of information as to how this "revival" happened may well be helpful to scholars of diplomacy and foreign organization.

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The Cassin Proposals However, the initial germ of the idea of the Office did not come from an NGO. It in fact began with a French suggestion made to the Commission on Human Rights in December 1947, during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. " Its author and advocate was Professor Cassin, notable for his part in the drafting of the Universal De- 1 Sean MacBride, "The Promise of Human Rights Year," 9 J. Int'J Comm. Jurists i, ii (1968).

N. Doc. 4/907/Rev. 3 (1969). N. Doc. E/CN. 4/NGO/140 (1966). See to the same effect Schwelb, op. cit. supra note 47 at 74. N. Doc. A/807l (1970). 81 The term "general recommendations" in this and the 1966 treaties obviously places serious limits on the right to comment on developments in particular states. ," 32 Albany L. Rev. 273, 292-93 (1968). On the 1965 Convention see Schwelb, "The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination," 15 Int'l & Compo 56 18 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVITY greater significance is its power to consider communications from individuals or groups of individuals within the jurisdiction of States Parties which have recognized the jurisdiction of the Committee to do so 63 and to forward to the General Assembly suggestions and general recommendations concerning such communications.

Ten years of periodic reports have not given us a settled vision of the world scene of human rights. The same writer went on 103 to comment that one of the main reasons for this unsatisfactory state of affairs is that "the UN organs immediately concerned have neither the authority nor the organizational and technical capacity to look behind the deceiving facade .... " (c) Advisory services A programme of UN advisory services in human rights was instituted in 1953. The programme is threefold: advisory services of experts, fellowships and scholarships, and seminars.

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