The United Nations Human Rights Treaties


Printer-friendly version was designed for the purpose of enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. Accessibility to UN human rights norms by individuals everywhere is fundamental to their successful realization. The information provided herein encompasses a range of data concerning the application of the UN human rights treaty system by its monitoring treaty bodies since their inauguration in the 1970's. was created through the financial support of the Ford Foundation. Research funds were also provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The section of the website entitled "How To Complain About Human Rights Treaty Violations" was supported by the Consultative Council of Jewish Organizations, London, U.K. Funding is also gratefully acknowledged from The Jacob Blaustein Institute, New York and from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Professor A.F. Bayefsky, B.A., M.A., LL.B., M.Litt. (Oxon.), is a Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada, and a Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario Bar. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Touro College in New York. Professor Bayefsky is the recipient of Canada's preeminent human rights research fellowship, the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research. She is currently a member of the International Law Association Committee on International Human Rights Law and Practice, and Editor-in-Chief of the Series "Refugees and Human Rights", published by Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague.

Professor Bayefsky has published extensively in the field of human rights. Her books include: The UN Human Rights Treaty System: Universality at the Crossroads, Transnational Publishers, (softbound), c. 2001; Kluwer Law International (hardbound), c. 2001; The UN Human Rights Treaty System in the Twenty-First Century, Kluwer Law International, c. 2000; (co-ed.) Human Rights and Forced Displacement, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, c. 2000; (ed.) Self-Determination in International Law: Quebec and Lessons Learned, Kluwer Law International, c. 2000; International Human Rights Law: Use in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Litigation, Butterworths, c. 1992; Canada's Constitution Act 1982 and Amendments: A Documentary History, Volume I and II, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, c. 1989; (ed.) Legal Theory Meets Legal Practice, Academic Printing and Publishing, c. 1988; (co-ed.) Equality Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Carswell Co. Ltd., c. 1985.


Research and the preparation of documents for the website has been provided by Gillian Collins and Goli Yohannes at York University. Additional assistance was provided by Claudia Geiringer, Chris Gosnell, and Simon de Smet at Columbia University Law School, and Alexis Archbold, Laura Bisset, Sarah Buhler, Carmen Choi, Kirsten Edwards, Onofrio Ferlisi, Rachel Friedman, Kathryn Garforth, Cara Gibbons, Marika Giles, Allison Glaser, Sarah Hassan, Richard Lee Yuen, Kirsten Manley-Casimir, Siobahn McClelland, Stella Militano, Ramona Mohammed, Purushothman Panchalingam, Jeinis Patel, Rosalyn Principe, Jamie Speer, Sandra Whang, Sara Wharton, Jennifer Zdriluk, and Maanit Zemel at York University.

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