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Kathryn Hay

Doctor of Philosophy, (Politics)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Agenda success? The prospects for sub-regional human rights arrangements in the Pacific

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Regional human rights arrangements such as a charter, commission or court, operate in all United Nations-defined regions except for the Asia-Pacific. Ms Hay examined the likelihood of a Pacific human rights mechanism being advanced by the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum. Interviewing a range of legal experts, United Nations and government officials, academics and human rights activists, her findings indicated that there is moderate evidence of the preconditions necessary for the development of this policy idea. However, the receptivity and political will of the Pacific leaders will ultimately determine agenda success for sub-regional human rights arrangements.

Professor Richard Shaw
Professor Regina Scheyvens