The paradox of oneness: the isolation of the European Union at the UN Human Rights Council

Gjovalin MacAj

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Abstract

This paper examines the European Union's (EU) isolation at the United
Nations' Human Rights Council (HRC). It seeks to highlight the reasons for EU's isolation. More specifically, it scrutinizes the rationale and consequences of the EU policy of speaking with 'one voice' at the HRC. In contrast to the conventional wisdom and commonly held view that 'speaking with one voice' would increase the EU's external effectiveness, this paper argues that precisely this policy could be the main reason for the isolation of the EU at the HRC. The fact that the EU still pursues this this policy in spite of its counterproductive consequences might point to the fact that the EU's strategy is driven primarily by internal integration objectives rather than external effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown
PublisherPaper prepared for the 21st IPSA World Congress of Political Science, 12-16 July 2009, Santiago, Chile
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • EU
  • Unity
  • Isolation
  • Human Rights Council
  • United Nations
  • Multilateralism

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