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6 Int'l Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (2017)

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   ....'       INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW              IHRL
                                       6 (217) -29REVIEW
 BRILL6(21)19
NIJHOFF                                                        brill.com/hrlr



National Human Rights Institutions and Their

Sub-National Counterparts
The Question of Decentralisation


       Andrew Wolman
     Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies,
     Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Seoul, Korea;
     member of the Law and Development Research Group,
     Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium
        amw247@yahoo.com



        Abstract

This article outlines and explores the arguments in favor of and in opposition to the
establishment of sub-national human rights institutions (such as state and local hu-
man rights commissions, ombudsmen and the like) in nations that already possess na-
tional human rights institutions. This analysis will be based on an application of prior
research findings in the broader field of administrative decentralisation as tailored to
the particularities of human rights implementation. Where relevant, the article also
examines the implications of institutional type for decentralisation, as well as the im-
plication of different attributes of the relevant jurisdiction. The article concludes by
setting out the circumstances under which the establishment of sub-national human
rights institutions will be more or less advantageous.



        Keywords

decentralisation - federalism - subsidiarity - national human rights institutions -
ombudsmen - human rights commissions





This work was supported by the 2o16 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Research Fund.
   Online sources cited in this article were last accessed on 3lJanuary 2017.


( KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2017 1 DOI 10.1163/22131035-00601002

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