Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt and Kristine Yigen, National Human Rights Institutions: Articles and Working Papers

Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt and Kristine Yigen, National Human Rights Institutions: Articles... Nordic Journal of International Law 70: 267–269, 2001. 267 Book Review Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt and Kristine Yigen, National Human Rights Institutions: Articles and Working Papers . Danish Centre for Human Rights, Copenhagen, 2000, 171 pages. In the past decade a national human rights institution (NHRI) has appeared almost as much a symbol of nationhood as a national airline was in the 1960s – or at least the cynic might have been forgiven for thinking so. The beginning of the 1990s was marked by a United Nations sponsored conference on NHRIs in Paris – the origin of the famous “Paris Principles”. Ever since then, a national institution has been the essential accessory for a government concerned to promote and protect human rights, or at least to give that appearance. But despite the proliferation of NHRIs, the critical literature on the phenomenon has been almost non-existent. Truth commissions have attracted considerable academic interest in a range of disciplines, including law but also political science, psychology, history and sociology. The rise of the national institution has taken place over almost exactly the same period as the evolution of the truth commission, but has exercised none of the same grasp on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Journal of International Law Brill

Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt and Kristine Yigen, National Human Rights Institutions: Articles and Working Papers

Nordic Journal of International Law, Volume 70 (1-2): 267 – Jan 1, 2001

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© 2001 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0902-7351
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10.1163/15718100120296476
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Nordic Journal of International Law 70: 267–269, 2001. 267 Book Review Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt and Kristine Yigen, National Human Rights Institutions: Articles and Working Papers . Danish Centre for Human Rights, Copenhagen, 2000, 171 pages. In the past decade a national human rights institution (NHRI) has appeared almost as much a symbol of nationhood as a national airline was in the 1960s – or at least the cynic might have been forgiven for thinking so. The beginning of the 1990s was marked by a United Nations sponsored conference on NHRIs in Paris – the origin of the famous “Paris Principles”. Ever since then, a national institution has been the essential accessory for a government concerned to promote and protect human rights, or at least to give that appearance. But despite the proliferation of NHRIs, the critical literature on the phenomenon has been almost non-existent. Truth commissions have attracted considerable academic interest in a range of disciplines, including law but also political science, psychology, history and sociology. The rise of the national institution has taken place over almost exactly the same period as the evolution of the truth commission, but has exercised none of the same grasp on

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