Dr. Han-Jyun Hou Conference
The Human Rights Implementation Gap
October 14, 2016
On February 3, 2016, Ambassador Choi Kyong-Lim, the new President of the UN Human Rights Council acknowledged that there “is a clear gap between international standards and on-the-ground practice.” Addressing this human rights implementation gap is now the first priority of the UNHRC. The goal of the conference is to explore this implementation gap from a variety of angles. Some of the questions this conference will address include:
1.) Why are there significant gaps between the laws protecting human rights, and the protection of those rights in practice?
2.) Are the gaps larger for some rights than others?
3.) Have international organizations, international law, or specific policies reduced this gap (or widened it)?
4.) How can we measure this gap?