The European Union has aimed to strengthen its role as a human rights defender and promoter in the world. However, according to role theory, the human rights role of the EU is also dependent on the role expectations of other actors. This article studies the human rights role of the EU at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The presented self-image of the EU is based on EU statements, official documents and human rights expert interviews conducted in Geneva and Brussels. External perceptions of the EU role has been studied through 40 expert interviews among UN member states, HRC Secretary and human rights organizations representatives in Geneva. The analysis shows that the EU’s ambitious self-image is only partly recognized among its others. This gives reasons to reconsider its legitimacy and leads to more realistic EU human rights role conception.
|Translated title of the contribution||The human rights role of the EU : Case study at the UN Human Rights Council|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Fields of Science
- 517 Political science