National Reporting in the Framework of Human Rights Treaties: Analysis of the Core Universal Treaties

  • Jan Karlas
Keywords: human rights, international cooperation, United Nations, theories of international relations


The key input into the monitoring of the implementation of universal human rights treaties is provided by national implementation reports. In spite of the importance of these reports, there is a large variation in the quantities of these reports submitted by individual states. The existing research on this issue is considerably limited, especially in its empirical scope. This text tests several explanatory hypotheses offered by the contemporary literature on the participation of states in human rights treaties and on the external transparency of states. The empirical analysis carried out in the text involves the most recent data related to the core universal treaties. This analysis reveals that the explanatory factor that is by far the most statistically and substantively significant for the examined topic is the level of report submission for each region.

Author Biography

Jan Karlas

works at the Department of International Relations of the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague. Currently, he serves as the Head of the Department. He graduated from the International Relations program at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, and from the International Relations and European Studies program at Central European University in Budapest. Previously, he worked as a research fellow in the Institute of International Relations in Prague. In his research, he deals with global cooperation and institutions.

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