Leadership in the Quest for Protection

  • Bertrand Ramcharan
Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)


Theo van Boven’s leadership sparked important policy innovations that transformed the United Nations capacity to engage in the protection of human rights. Whereas victims of violations of human rights had been petitioning the UN for a long time, it was during van Boven’s tenure that the UN developed the policies, mechanisms and procedures that finally enabled the UN to hear these petitions and to act on them.


The human factor UN protection of human rights The petitions system Special procedures Dealing with urgent situations Fact finding 


  1. Memorandum from William B. Buffum, Under-Secretary-General to Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, 9 June, 1980. Copy of Memorandum in the possession of the authorGoogle Scholar
  2. van Boven, TC (1982) People Matter. Edited by Hans Thoolen. Amsterdam, MeulenhoffGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertrand Ramcharan
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  1. 1.Airlie MountAlythUK

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