When states elect the experts: the case of the UN Human Rights treaty bodies

25 March 2019

UN treaty bodies are committees of independent experts in charge of monitoring state compliance with the major UN human rights treaties. Yet, how far are these committee members truly expert and independent from their home governments, considering that they are nominated and elected by states?

Valentina Carraro

Dr. Valentina Carraro is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University since April 2017. She is currently on research leave (April 2018-April 2020), working as a Visiting Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna. Her research interests include human rights, global governance, and the use of expertise in public organizations.


In January 2018 Valentina was awarded a Rubicon fellowship by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to carry out a two-year research project at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, under the supervision of Prof. Manfred Nowak. 

The project is titled "The More the Better? The Complementarity of Human Rights Reviewing Mechanisms in the United Nations".