Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions?


During 2009-10, this research project brought legal scholars, social scientists, and normative theorists to the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to address three central puzzles in the field of human rights conventions:

  • the motivations of states when they enter into the conventions,
  • the effects of these conventions on states, and
  • in light of these findings, whether such conventions are normatively legitimate.

Final Report


Seminars, conferences and working groups

Working Groups


Andreas Follesdal and Geir Ulfstein

Funding The project was funded by the Centre for Advanced Study. Two Post-Docs are jointly funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights /the University of Oslo.