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Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)

On Thursday 24 of June, GTGC’s Assistant Professor Valentina Carraro, presented her work on regime complexity during the Conference of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

The central questions of the ACUNS conference in 2021 was how to make the UN system “fit for future”? How can we improve human security, social justice, public health and multilateral cooperation on a global scale? 

In this light, Valentina presented her work on the presence of multiple and partially overlapping institutions in the United Nations human rights systems that aim to regulate and monitor the performance of states. Already, scholars have stressed the possible consequences of these overlapping institutions, known as regime complexity. Valentina explained, however, that what is missing, is ‘a comprehensive analytical model to assess the extent to which these consequences actually take place’.

In her work, Valentina developed a model to assess the ways in which different institutions strengthen or undermine each other. Her findings show that 'overlapping activities by different treaty bodies appear to be much more problematic than those occurring between the UPR and the treaty bodies'.  

Further readings

Are you interested to learn more about Valentina's work on this topic? Have a look at our publications page

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