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Guarding the guards: Pluralist accountability for human rights violations by international organisations

It is difficult to hold international organisations (IOs) accountable for human rights violations. Gisela Hirschmann (Institute of Political Science, Leiden University) introduces the concept of pluralist accountability, whereby third parties set the standards for IOs’ actions in relation to human rights, review their behaviour and impose normative or material sanctions in case of misbehaviour. Furthermore, Hirschmann looks at the conditions that might foster pluralist accountability, using insights from peace operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, which were accused of human trafficking and the violation of the rights of detainees.

Gisela Hirschmann
02 August 2018
Review of International Studies
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