The Role of Human Rights in Global Securtiy Issues: A Normative and Institutional Critique

The purpose of this article is to evaluate the institutional and normative capacity of international human rights to effectively serve such enhanced roles in global peace and security matters. In particular, the analysis focuses on key normative and institutional weaknesses in the existing U.N. human rights system and addresses their implications for the roles which human rights might serve to enhance peace. By describing some of the system’s fundamental weaknesses, this analysis also indicates important areas for reform within the U.N. system.