This book examines the engagement of African states with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. This human rights mechanism is known for its pacific and non-confrontational approach to monitoring state human rights implementation. Coming at the end of the first three cycles of the UPR, the work offers a detailed analysis of the effectiveness of African states’ engagement and its potential impact. It develops a framework which comprehensively evaluates aspects of states’ UPR engagement, such as the pre-review national consultation process and implementation of UPR recommendations which, until recently, have received little attention. The book considers the potential for acculturation in engagement with the UPR and unpacks the impact of politics, regionalism, cultural relativism, rights ritualism and civil society.

The work provides a useful guide for policymakers and international human rights law practitioners, as well as a valuable resource for international legal and international relations academics and researchers.

chapter 2|21 pages

Theoretical understanding of the UPR

A case for acculturation?*

chapter 3|7 pages

Compliance, implementation and effectiveness

Clarifying the basis for assessing state UPR engagement

chapter 4|41 pages

Nigeria’s engagement with the HRC’s UPR

Potential for acculturation or risk of regression?*

chapter 5|39 pages

Kenya and the UPR

The impact of effective NGO engagement

chapter 7|33 pages

The effectiveness of South Africa’s engagement with the UPR

Potential for ritualism?*

chapter 8|24 pages

The Gambia and the UPR

Rhetoric, inaction and the effect of regime change