p. 293. The United Nations
- Rhona K. M. SmithRhona K. M. SmithProfessor of International Human Rights and Head of Law School, Newcastle University
This chapter examines the work of the United Nations (UN) in the area of human rights. It discusses the evolution of human rights under the auspices of the UN as well as some of the early influences on human rights. The influence of the Nuremberg trials, the abolition of slavery, and the protection of vulnerable groups on the development of human rights protection law is discussed. Relevant institutions and bodies working under the auspices of the United Nations are discussed. The chapter also explains the functions and responsibilities of these bodies, and highlights the financial and personnel constraints that negatively affect the performance of their duties.