Workshop: “The Making of Decisions of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies”

7 April 2017

On 30-31 March 2017, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law hosted the workshop “The Making of Decisions of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies”. This workshop was the 4th organized within the framework of the pluriannual research project “The Making of Judicial and Arbitral Decisions” led by Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri.

The research project “The Making of Judicial and Arbitral Decisions” aims at investigating the mechanism/mechanic of the decision-making of adjudicatory bodies. One of its objectives is to identify the various factors that play a role in the process and assess the effectiveness of procedure.

During the two-day workshop, 11 members of United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies have discussed with academics a variety of topics relating to their decision-making procedures. The participants engaged in issues such as the impact of the bodies' workload on the decision-making processes, the role played by special rapporteurs, the collective decision-making in the context of reporting and the individual communications procedures, the follow-up on views, and the making of general comments.