Drug Control and Human Rights: From Parallel Universes to Universal Parallels

(April 2020)

Hannah, J. and Lines, R., (2020). In: Research Handbook on International Drug Policy. Editors: Tinasti, K. and Bewley Taylor, D., . Edward Elgar. 978 1 78811 705 0

This chapter examines the engagement and progress on human rights by the United Nations drug control regime from 2008-2018 through a comparative qualitative assessment of the official work of four principle political and normative institutions: the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the International Narcotics Control Board, the Human Rights Council and the UN human rights treaty bodies. Breaking this ten year period into three distinct stages, and using the 2016 UNGASS as a benchmark, this chapter demonstrates how human rights and drug policy has achieved significant attention within these institutions, and provides a summary interpretation of these official records that can enable scholars, policymakers, and other students to better understand how this issue has evolved across each fora. Read more